Recap: Wisconsin vs. Oregon

Omaha, NE ( - It was exactly one year ago that Wisconsin and Oregon battled for a Sweet 16 berth.


The two teams clashed Sunday in the NCAA Tournament with the same stakes.


Once again, Wisconsin prevailed.


Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Frank Kaminsky had 16 and the top-seeded Badgers posted a 72-65 win over the Ducks.


The win by Wisconsin (33-3) sets up a matchup with fourth-seeded North Carolina in the West Region semifinals in Los Angeles.


Joseph Young poured in 30 points for the eighth-seeded Ducks (26-10), who last year squandered a double-digit, second-half lead and lost 85-77 to the Badgers in the tourney's third round in Milwaukee.


Oregon never led in the rematch, falling behind by as many as 11, but did tie it at 52 on a Dwayne Benjamin 3-pointer with 5:54 remaining.


"The guys found a way to stay in the ball game ... we had an opportunity, but Wisconsin is a good team," said Oregon coach Dana Altman.


Kaminsky made an outstanding play on defense, stripping Dillon Brooks on a drive down the lane and dishing to Dekker, who went baseline for a reverse layup.


Dekker drained a 3 off another Oregon turnover to stretch Wisconsin's lead to 58-52 with four minutes left.


"Oregon made their run to fight back," said Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. "I think we established a good lead in the first half, but as a good team always does, they're going to come out and make a run, and the good teams are the ones that can respond to those runs."


The Ducks were still down six when Jordan Bell missed an easy layup with two minutes remaining.


Bronson Koenig was then fouled, and his two free throws made it 62-54 with 1:03 left. Nigel Hayes went to the line for Wisconsin after a Young layup and made his first free throw attempt before missing the second. Oregon, though, knocked the rebound out of bounds.


Hayes was fouled again and made 1-of-2 free throws. Kaminsky grabbed the rebound and hit a layup for a 66-56 Wisconsin lead with 44 seconds left.


The Badgers built a 20-9 lead 10 minutes into the game, but the Ducks closed the gap to 31-28 at halftime.


Young tied the Oregon single-season scoring record with 745 points. Terrell Brandon set the mark in 1990-91 ... Hayes scored 14 points and Koenig had 12 ... The teams combined for only 14 turnovers ... Jalil Abdul-Bassit scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for Oregon.


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