On Friday, the Badgers couldn't do either one, as fifth-seeded Wisconsin fell to 12th-seeded OR, 72-54, in the Round of 64.
OR went to the Elite Eight for the second straight year last season but fell to eventual champion Notre Dame.
A turnaround for the ages.
OR over UW will be a popular 12-over-5 upset pick, or perhaps the Badgers finally pull it all together and advance to the second weekend in Louisville. The Anteaters are riding a 17-game winning streak. Opponents are shooting 34.6 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from three.
TEXAS TECH 72, N. KENTUCKY 57: Jarrett Culver had 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists to help No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-6) defeat No. 14 seed Northern Kentucky (26-9) at Tulsa.
Needless to say, after All-American Ethan Happ came back for his redshirt senior season and the Badgers got healthy, a first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament was not the ideal ending to a season that had much more potential, as Brad Davison mentioned after the game.
Sabally had 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to help second-seeded OR to an easy 78-40 victory over No. 15 seed Portland State on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. On March 27, the Tall Firs faced Ohio State on the neutral Northwestern University court at Evanston, Ill., for the national title. Natisha Hiedeman scored 13 points to lead Marquette.
The 2019 NCAA Women's basketball tournament bracket was accidentally released earlier today, and we now know where Ruthy Hebard and the Oregon Ducks are playing and whom they are facing. OR is 6-2 in NCAA Tournament games under coach Kelly Graves. Wisconsin won the first two NCAA meetings and is 5-2 all-time versus the Ducks.
OR received the two seed out of the Portland Region after posting a 29-4 record this season.
This might sound familiar. It would be pretty incredible considering OR needed to win the Pac-12 Tournament just to get in the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin Basketball: Badgers draw red-hot Oregon in Round of 64
The team that advances from Corvallis will head to the Albany Regional for the Sweet 16. Round one will be this Friday in San Jose California.
"Honestly I just felt it", Sabally said about the rebounds.
The Ducks were always too talented to be outside the Tournament conversation. Bol, who averaged 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine games, announced in January that his OR career was over and he'd be entering the 2019 National Basketball Association draft.
Like Oregon, Wisconsin is a great defensive team. The agreement runs through the 2025-26 season and is meant to be funded through philanthropy. That's what I see with OR so I'll take the points and hope for more... Game time at 5pm. The Ducks lost twice to the UCLA Bruins. Tip time Sunday is set for 6 pm from Matthew Knight Arena.
How they falter: The Ducks' offense is exhausted and uncomfortable following a demanding Pac-12 tournament run, and their season ends in a first-round blowout. This year he passed Sean Miller, Arizona (17) and Lute Olson, Arizona (16) for the all-time lead. Junior Mikayla Pivec and redshirt-sophomore Destiny Slocum both earned All-Pac-12 honors this season. Portland State knocked top-seeded Idaho out in the semifinals. For the Tournament, he had 22 assists, four turnovers and eight steals.
Oregon's defense over the last three weeks has not only been good, it is historically remarkable.
Season recap: OR wasn't supposed to be dancing.
OR advanced easily after a 78-40 win. The Ducks were swept by the Beavers this season. Ultimately, though, North Carolina will figure it out and its talent will take over. OR now starts four forwards - all of whom are 6-foot-9 or taller - around junior guard Payton Pritchard.
Not surprisingly, OR has set the program record for wins over a nine-season period, now with 233.
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