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Thursday, March 17, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 72, Belmont 58

By Ted Miller

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Wisconsin just had too much Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer for Belmont, as the fourth-seeded Badgers whipped the 12th-seeded Bruins 72-58 in the second round of Southeast Regional of the NCAA tournament.

Belmont scrapped hard, but Wisconsin just had too many horses. The Badgers are now 9-1 under coach Bo Ryan in first-round games.

Turning point: Consecutive 3-pointers from Belmont's Jordan Campbell narrowed the margin to 43-39 with 13:38 remaining. It looked as though the scrappy Bruins would make a challenge. But five minutes later, Wisconsin's lead had reached 16 points at 56-40. Two treys from Jared Berggren and another from Mike Bruesewitz as well as an alley-oop dunk by Leuer from Taylor quashed the Bruins momentum.

Key player: Taylor and Leuer have been touted as one of the nation's better inside-outside combinations, and they supported their case against Belmont. Taylor had 21 points and six assists, while Leuer added 22 points and seven rebounds.

Key stat: Belmont shot 319 more 3-pointers than its opponents this year, but Wisconsin shot just as many in the regional. The more notable factoid was the Badgers made 12 of their 22 treys, while the Bruins only made six of their 22.

Miscellaneous: Wisconsin ended a two-game losing streak; Belmont ended a 12-game winning streak... The Atlantic Sun, Belmont's conference, hasn’t enjoyed an NCAA tournament victory since it was the Trans America Athletic Conference in 2001 (Georgia State beat Wisconsin, 50-49)... The Badgers won the rebounding battle 33-22... The Bruins outscored the Badgers 22-10 in the paint and their bench outscored Wisconsin 28-18.

What's next: Wisconsin will play the winner of the Southeast Regional nightcap between Kansas State and Utah State on Saturday.