By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Wisconsin Badgers will face Ole Miss on Friday in the NCAA West Region in a matchup of teams that are on impressive late-season runs.
The Badgers (23-11) lost to Ohio State 50-43 Sunday in Chicago but still earned a No. 5 seed in the West. They’ll face the 12th-seeded Rebels (26-8), who won the Southeastern Conference tournament title for the first time since 1981.
Wisconsin had advanced to the Big Ten final with a pair of impressive victories over No. 6 Michigan and third-ranked Indiana, which earned one of the top seeds in the NCAA tournament.
Behind Murphy Holloway and Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss gave seventh-year Rebels coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth by upsetting 13th-ranked Florida 66-63 Sunday for the SEC crown.
Nickname: Badgers. Coach: Bo Ryan.
Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At large.
Region: West. Seed: No. 5.
Tournament Record: 25-17, 18 years. Last appearance: 2012.
Scoring: Team (66.2); Ben Brust 11.4; Jared Berggren 11.3; Ryan Evans 10.4; Sam Dekker 9.5.
Rebounds: Team (36.9); Ryan Evans 7.5; Jared Berggren 6.9; Mike Bruesewitz 5.3; Ben Brust 5.2.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (13.5/9.8); Ben Brust 2.4/1.2; Traevon Jackson 2.8/2.1; Ryan Evans 2.0/1.6.
3-pointers: Team (.338); Ben Brust 77; Sam Dekker 48; George Marshall 35.
Last Ten: 6-4.
Nickname: Rebels. Coach: Andy Kennedy.
Conference: Southeatern. Bid: SEC champion.
Region: West. Seed: No. 12.
Tournament Record: 3-6, 6 year. Last NCAA Appearance: 2002.
Scoring: Team (79.1); Marshall Henderson 20.1; Murphy Holloway 14.6; Reginald Buckner 9.5; Jarvis Summers 9.0.
Rebounds: Team (39.5); Murphy Holloway 9.6; Reginald Buckner 7.4; Aaron Jones 4.1.
Assists/Turnovers: Team (12.7/11.5); Jarvis Summers 3.7/1.6.
3-pointers: Team (.336); Marshall Henderson 131; Nick Williams 27; LaDarius White 27.
Last Ten: 8-2.