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Friday, March 19, 2010
Final: Wisconsin 53, Wofford 49

By Brian Bennett

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Wisconsin narrowly avoided becoming the latest first-round upset victim against Wofford.

Jon Leuer's 17-foot jumper from the baseline with 17 seconds left helped the No. 4 seed Badgers escape against No. 13 Wofford 53-49.

Down by eight at halftime, Wofford came out smoking in the second half, hitting its first eight shots, including three three-pointers. Despite a considerable size disadvantage, the Terriers worked Wisconsin over on the backboard and took the lead several times in a back-and-forth half.

But after Trevon Hughes hit Leuer for the go-ahead score, Cameron Rundles turned the ball over with 4.9 seconds to go. Leuer was fouled and made both free throws to seal it. Rundles was in tears and had to be consoled by several teammates as they walked off the floor.

So the Badgers advance, but they can't feel great about the effort. Hughes' assist was one of only three by his entire team for the game. Wisconsin was just 1-of-8 on threes and got just 14 points outside of Hughes and Leuer. Sounds weird to say, but the Badgers will have to play better than that to beat Cornell.