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March 27, 2014

Primer: Wisconsin vs. Baylor





ANAHEIM, Calif. - Second-seeded Wisconsin and sixth-seed Baylor will face off against one another Thursday night at the Honda Center with a berth in the Elite 8 on the line.

Below are lineups, notes and vitals for tonight's matchup.

Game Info

When and Where: 6:47 p.m. (CT) Thursday at the Honda Center

TV: TBS

Radio: 1310 AM, 101.5 FM

WISCONSIN BADGERS (28-7)

Coach: Bo Ryan, 319-120 in his 13th season at Wisconsin.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

1 Ben Brust 6-1 Sr. 13.0

12 Traevon Jackson 6-2 Jr. 10.8

15 Sam Dekker 6-7 So. 12.7

21 Josh Gasser 6-3 Jr. 9.2

44 Frank Kaminsky 7-0 Jr. 13.6

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

10 Nigel Hayes 6-7 Fr. 7.9

13 Duje Dukan 6-9 Jr. 2.7

24 Bronson Koenig 6-3 Fr. 3.3

Quick hits: Wisconsin has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons and sixth time overall under Bo Ryan. The Badgers are one of nine teams to reach the Sweet 16 in three of the past four seasons. Florida is the only team to appear all four times…Under Bo Ryan, the Badgers are 1-5 in the Sweet 16…Wisconsin is scoring 80.0 points per game in the NCAA Tournament, fourth best among teams in the Sweet 16…In two NCAA Tournament games, Traevon Jackson is averaging a team-high 17.0 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 4.0 assists per game. He is shooting 50 percent from three-point range and is 13-for-15 from the free-throw line.

BAYLOR BEARS (26-11)

Coach: Scott Drew, 204-149 in his 11th season at Baylor.

Probable starters (height, year, ppg.)

00 Royce O'Neale 6-6 Jr. 7.2

1 Kenny Chery 5-11 Jr. 11.5

5 Brady Heslip 6-2 Sr. 11.9

21 Isaiah Austin 7-1 So. 11.2

34 Cory Jefferson 6-9 Sr. 13.6

Key reserves (height, year, ppg.)

2 Rico Gathers 6-8 So. 6.6

4 Gary Franklin 6-2 Sr. 5.4

35 Taurean Prince 6-7 So. 6.3

Quick hits: Baylor defeated Nebraska and Creighton to reach the Sweet 16…Baylor has the nation's best winning percentage over the last six postseasons (.850; 17-3)…The Bears are one of 12 teams to play in the Sweet 16 three or more times since 2010, and one of 10 teams to play in two Elite Eights in the last four seasons…The Bears have only trailed for 7:24 of game time out of 240 minutes in six postseason this season. When cut down to the NCAA Tournament, the Bears have only trailed a total of 1:04 out of 80 minutes…In all six postseason games this season, Baylor has held a double digit lead in the first half.

Why you should worry: Baylor and Wisconsin will be meeting for the first time. Under Scott Drew, the Bears are 32-7 against first-time opponents.

Why you shouldn't worry: Wisconsin boasts a nation-best 1.20 points per possession against the zone this season. Baylor plays zone 57 percent of the time.


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