Wisconsin vs. Montana [Game info and open thread]
This is a classic Bo Ryan-Wisconsin squad. The Badgers (24-9) like to play low-scoring slugfests, where they beat their opponents in a slow-paced, defensive-minded game. If the Badgers have their way the game will be played in the 50s or 60s. Like any good defensive team, Wisconsin does have one scorer who can take over the game in senior guard Jordan Taylor. Taylor has been at his best in big games, scoring 28 points in an overtime loss versus Michigan State and 27 in an overtime win over Minnesota. Taylor averages 14.7 points a game--down from 18.1 last season, which is partially a byproduct of his three-point shooting percentage dropping from 43 percent to 36 percent this season.
The Grizzlies (25-6) were the champions of the Big Sky Conference and the Big Sky Tournament. Like the Badgers, Montana doesn't play an up-and-down game--so expect this one to be low-scoring. The Big Sky Conference isn't one of nation's best conferences, but Montana fell just once in conference play all season. Their best win came early in the season over Long Beach State. They are led by all-purpose guard Kareem Jamar, who leads the team in assists and is second in scoring and rebounding. Fellow guard Will Cherry is the team's leading scorer at 16.0 per game.
What's at stake?
The winner plays the winner of No. 5 Vanderbilt and No. 12 Harvard.
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