Iowa freshman Jordan Bohannon (6'0''-G-97) spent part of his childhood watching older brothers Jason and Zach Bohannon compete on Wisconsin basketball teams. So for the rookie from Marion, Iowa, to hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Badgers with his family in attendance at the Kohl Center was a special experience. Jason played at Wisconsin from 2006-10 and Zach was on the Badgers roster from 2012-14. Jordan Bohannon drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing with 9.7 seconds left to help Iowa upset No. 22 Wisconsin 59-57 on Thursday night. "This game meant a lot to me, for us to be able to get this win," Bohannon said. "I was pretty much a Badgers fan my entire life growing up. I was lucky to know that I was finally able to follow my dreams to play at Iowa." Wisconsin's loss gave Purdue the Big Ten regular-season title outright. Bohannon's performance came as no surprise to Iowa coach Fran McCaffery . Bohannon scored 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from 3-point range on Feb. 25 in the Hawkeyes' 83-69 victory over Maryland. "I started watching the kid when he was in seventh grade and just fell in love with his game," McCaffery said. "He consistently makes the kind of plays that you saw him make tonight because he just never rattles." Sophomore forward Nicholas Baer scored a team-high 14 points for the Hawkeyes (17-13, 9-8 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak to three games. Baer got the defensive rebound and had the assist to Bohannon on the final possession. Bohannon finished with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field and was 3 of 9 from beyond the arc in the only regular-season game between the teams. Senior guard Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) scored a game-high 19 points for the Badgers (22-8, 11-6). Sophomore forward Ethan Happ (6'9''-F-96) and senior guard Zak Showalter (6'2''-G) delivered 11 points each for Wisconsin, which has lost five of its last six games. Iowa threatened with less than two minutes remaining on consecutive buckets from Bohannon and Ahmad Wagner that trimmed Wisconsin's lead to 57-56. That led to Bohannon's winning shot. Wisconsin continued to be plagued by free-throw-shooting woes, most notably in the closing minute as Happ missed a pair of free throws with 29 seconds to go, when the Badgers held a 57-56 edge. Happ finished 1 of 7 from the foul line, and the Badgers shot 35.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Badgers also had turnovers on three straight possessions with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said the Badgers locker room was somber following the setback, and he is confident that the team will recover and learn. "When we do snap out of it, it's going to be a pretty callous group because they've been body punched and slapped upside the head quite a bit with all of this stuff -- everything that we've had to work through and grow through," Gard said. Wisconsin had rallied after trailing at halftime with help from its veterans. Senior forward Nigel Hayes (6'8''-F-94) and Showalter combined for 16 second-half points to keep the Badgers in contention Hayes' layup evened the score at 43 with 11:36 remaining, and another basket on the next possession gave the Badgers the lead back at 45-43. Iowa freshman forward Cordell Pemsl (6'8''-F/C-97) halted a scoring drought that lasted nearly five minutes with a layup to even the score at 45. But the Badgers bolted away with an 8-0 spurt, capped by a 3-pointer, to open a 54-45 lead with 4:16 to go. In the first half, Baer led Iowa with 12 points, going 4 of 4 from 3-point range. The Hawkeyes shot 63.6 percent from long range in the first half to claim a 32-25 lead at intermission. Baer scored nine points to help Iowa string together a 15-2 first-half run. Senior guard Peter Jok (6'6''-G-94) spearheaded the run with his first basket of the game with 5:04 left in the opening half and completed a three-point play to tie the score at 23. Koenig scored 11 first-half points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. McCaffery said the key to finding success against the Badgers is getting them out of rhythm on offense. The Hawkeyes used a 3-2 zone, man-to-man coverage and the press to throw them off. "I thought we were pretty connected defensively, and you have to be to play this team (Wisconsin)," McCaffery said. "They run the swing and they run some things out of it. They get the ball to people where they want it." Wisconsin missed 10 consecutive shots before Koenig's jumper trimmed Iowa's lead to 29-25 with 37 seconds to go before halftime. Jok, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, finished with eight points on 2-of-10 shooting from the field. Courtesy of: reuters.com
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The scoreboard had Oregon up by 2 points at the half, but it felt as though Michigan, the underdog, was about to overwhelm the Ducks. Michigan's point guard, Derrick Walton (6'1''-G-95) Jr., a senior, had deftly amassed seven assists, looking for all the world like a quarterback finding receivers like Duncan Robinson (6'8''-G/F-94) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman through thickets of defenders. D. J. Wilson, a junior with a tall haircut and short shorts, had hit two 3-pointers and contribut... [read more]
The scoreboard had Oregon up by 2 points at the half, but it felt as though Michigan, the underdog, was about to overwhelm the Ducks. Michigan's point guard, Derrick Walton (6'1''-G-95) Jr., a senior, had deftly amassed seven assists, looking for all the world like a quarterback finding receivers like Duncan Robinson (6'8''-G/F-94) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman through thickets of defenders. D. J. Wilson, a junior with a tall haircut and short shorts, had hit two 3-pointers and contributed a block and a steal in just seven minutes of play, his time limited by foul trouble. But Michigan's seemingly impending surge never materialized, as third-seeded Oregon, playing one of the country's most 3-point-happy teams, began to take more aim from deep and hit 3-pointers. And hit them and hit them and hit them. Five from sophomore Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96), two from junior Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) - all in the second half. The Ducks, which entered making fewer than one-third of their shots from deep, made 47.1 percent (8-for-17) for the game. But Dorsey's most crucial shot came not from beyond the 3-point line, but on an acrobatic drive to the basket that put the Ducks ahead by a point with 1 minute 9 seconds remaining. Those proved to be the final points in a 69-68 victory for Oregon (32-5) over seventh-seeded Michigan (26-12), sending the Ducks to the round of eight on Saturday to play the winner of the later game Thursday night, between No. 1 Kansas and No. 4 Purdue. The Ducks were led by Dorsey and the junior Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95). Dorsey had 20 points; Bell had a double-double, with 16 points and 13 rebounds - including, on the possession before Dorsey's lay-in, a crucial board on a missed Oregon free throw that he put back to cut Michigan's lead to 1 point. Michigan's Walton finished with 20 points and 8 assists, and his fellow senior guard Zak Irvin (6'6''-G/F-94) had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Moritz Wagner, a 6-foot-10 sophomore from Berlin, who goes by Moe, was Michigan's leading scorer in the last game, an upset of second-seeded Louisville, but on Thursday he appeared physically overwhelmed in the low post and hapless elsewhere, at one point botching a clear layup after Oregon gave him the lane. He finished with 7 points on 10 shots and barely saw the court in the second half. When Brooks hit a 3 with a little more than 13 minutes left in the game, Oregon led by 50-44 and looked in control. But the Ducks let the Wolverines back in it, missing their next five field goals and going scoreless for more than three minutes. Wilson played terrific defense on Bell, forcing him into a miss one-on-one in the post and then grabbing the rebound. Michigan took a 51-50 lead with Walton sitting for the first time in the game. Then Oregon fought back and built a 56-51 lead, with Tyler Ennis (6'2''-G-94, college: Syracuse) contributing a 3-point play. Wilson brilliantly faked his defender with the ball down low, only to miss the layup. Later, Wilson found Irvin underneath in a Walton-like assist to cut Oregon's lead to three. The game continued to seesaw between 3- and 5-point Oregon leads until Wilson hit a 3 to cut Oregon's lead to 60-58 with less than five minutes left. On Michigan's next possession, Walton dribbled at the top of the key, and Oregon's defense dropped back, giving him room to hit his own 3-pointer for a 61-60 lead for the Wolverines with 4:15 remaining. The lead was short-lived: Another Oregon 3-pointer was in store, from Dorsey. On the other end? A 3 from Irvin. With fewer than two minutes left and the shot clock dribbling, Walton took it upon himself again, creating a fadeaway shot that seemed to take an eternity to decide whether to go through the hoop or not. It finally decided in the affirmative, making the score 68-65 - Michigan's largest lead since the first half. Bell grabbed a missed Oregon free throw and put it in to make it a one-point Wolverines lead. This was followed by Dorsey's athletic drive to make it 69-68 Oregon with one minute remaining. Walton had one last chance to go ahead, but his attempt at a buzzer-beating 3-pointer was short. Though a major-conference champion with a famous football team, Michigan might have been the closest thing to a Cinderella story among the 16 teams that entered the N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament's second weekend. Fledgling through the end of the season, its plane bound for the Big Ten tournament skidded off the runway, spooking the team and causing light injuries. The Wolverines proceeded to tear through that tournament, winning it all. Ranked as high as fourth overall in the Associated Press poll this season, Oregon lost its top shot-blocker, senior Chris Boucher, to a season-ending knee injury in the Pacific-12 tournament. The Ducks now look to make just their second Final Four in program history - and their first since 1939, the very first Final Four of them all. Courtesy of: nytimes.com
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