NCAA Tournament First Round Recap - Wisconsin vs Wofford
(4) Wisconsin 53, (13) Wofford 49
The Wisconsin Badgers got a scare on Friday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla., but a pair of veterans willed Bo Ryan’s team to victory.
Junior forward Jon Leuer led all scorers with 20 points, including the game-winning jump shot with 17 seconds to play. Senior guard Trevon Hughes had 19 points and one huge assist
With the score tied 49-49, it was Hughes’ game to win. Wisconsin cleared out, and Hughes drove the lane but was cut off. Instead of trying to be the hero and forcing a shot, Hughes found Leuer open on the left baseline. Leuer buried a 17-footer to put Wisconsin ahead, 51-49.
Leuer then forced Wofford’s Cameron Rundles to lose the ball out of bounds on the subsequent possession, and the Badgers' premier post player hit a pair of free throws with four seconds left to seal the win.
Hughes bounced back strong from a poor performance – one of the worst of his career – in last Friday’s Big Ten quarterfinal against Illinois. He obviously was not ready for his college career to end on Friday.
Jamar Diggs scored 13 points for Wofford, the smallest school in the NCAA Tournament field, making its first appearance in the Big Dance.
After falling behind 27-19 at halftime, the Terriers fought tooth-and-nail with the Badgers throughout the second half. Nine consecutive points by Diggs brought Wofford back, tying the score at 33-33 less than five minutes into the second half. The run set up a back-and-forth battle that lasted all the way to the final minute.
Jordan Taylor scored nine points for the Badgers, meaning that Hughes, Leuer, and Taylor accounted for 48 of Wisconsin’s 53 points. Starting guard Jason Bohannon went scoreless.
While Hughes bounced back from last weekend’s conference tourney disappointment, Bohannon did not. No harm, no foul, however, as the Badgers survived. Bohannon, who averages nearly 12 points per game, is likely to heat up in Wisconsin's second-round matchup with the Cornell Big Red. The 12th-seeded Ivy League champions were very impressive in dismissing No. 5 seed Temple on Friday afternoon. Bohanon will need to match Cornell's perimeter shooting with some long-distance magic of his own.