San Diego 49

(2-2, 1-1 away)

(25) Wisconsin 64

(4-0, 2-0 home)

    8:30 PM ET, November 23, 2008

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    Top Performers

    San Diego: B. Johnson 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Wisconsin: T. Hughes 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Hughes scores 22 to pace No. 22 Wisconsin in Paradise Jam semifinal

    Associated Press

    CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan was asked about facing No. 2 Connecicut after the Badgers' victory over San Diego in the Paradise Jam semifinals.

    "I just know they're good," Ryan said. "They're not No. 2 by accident."

    Fast Facts

    • Trevon Hughes scored a team-high 22 points, giving him 43 points in his last two games. He scored just 17 points in his first two games combined.

    • Wisconsin has won 24 straight games vs. unranked non-conference opponents and 10 consecutive neutral-site games vs. unranked teams.

    • San Diego snapped a two-game winning streak vs. ranked opponents and lost for just the second time in its last five matchups with a ranked team.

    -- ESPN research

    Trevon Hughes scored 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting against San Diego as Wisconsin (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) came away with a 64-49 victory Sunday night.

    "It's going to be tough," Hughes said.

    The Badgers (4-0) will face Connecticut, a 76-63 winner over Miami, on Monday in the championship game of the eight-team tournament.

    Brandon Johnson led San Diego (2-2) with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting from 3-point range. San Diego will play Miami in the third-place game.

    Wisconsin, which needed overtime to beat Iona 60-58 in the first round, shot 48.8 percent, while holding the Toreros to 34.5 percent.

    Keaton Nankivil scored 10 points, and Marcus Landry added nine points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin. The Badgers won the Paradise Jam title in their only previous appearance at the event in 2005.

    "We found a groove and we stuck in the groove. And it paid off," Landry said.

    "They're just a team that does not beat itself," San Diego coach Bill Grier said. "What Wisconsin does in they play their game and they're not going to let anyone dictate to them."

    Wisconsin had a 34-29 rebounding advantage.

    "We've just got to get the rebounds," Johnson said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 49 64
    FG Made-Attempted 19-55 (.345) 21-43 (.488)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-14 (.357) 5-15 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-7 (.857) 17-23 (.739)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 1 15

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