Wisconsin vs. Oregon at a glance – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Teams: Wisconsin vs. Oregon in a third-round NCAA Tournament game.
When: Approximately 6:45 p.m. Sunday.
Where: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Neb.
About the Ducks
Coach: Dana Altman (123-56, fifth season; 533-299, 26th season overall).
Colors: Green and yellow.
NCAA performance last year: Lost to Wisconsin, 85-77, in third round.
Starting five: Elgin Cook, 6-6, F; Dillon Brooks, 6-6, F; Jordan Bell, 6-9, F; Joseph Young, 6-2, G; Jalil Abdul-Bassit, 6-4, G.
Top reserves: Dwayne Benjamin, 6-7, F; Casey Benson, 6-3, G; Ahmaad Rorie, 6-1, G.
How they win: As they did in their 79-73 victory over Oklahoma State in the second round, the Ducks rely on their offense rather than their defense. They hit 54.7% of their shots (29 of 53), including 64.7% of their two-point attempts (22 of 34). Oregon is 23-0 when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent. Young is the offensive catalyst with a 20.4 scoring average. He has led the team in scoring or tied for the high mark in 13 of the Ducks’ last 20 games.
FRONTCOURT: Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes and Sam Dekker vs. Oregon’s Elgin Cook, Dillon Brooks and Jordan Bell. UW’s trio combined for 62 points and 22 rebounds and hit 24 of 41 shots in the victory over Coastal Carolina. The Badgers will have to work harder against Oregon’s frontcourt. Cook is the son of Alvin Robertson, who played with the Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs. The former Milwaukee Hamilton standout does his work close to the basket, averaging 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds and shooting 53.0%. Brooks (11.7 points per game) can score inside or out. He hit a crucial three-pointer late against Oklahoma State and is shooting 35.0% from three-point range. Bell had six points, five rebounds and four blocks in the victory over Oklahoma State. He leads the Pacific 12 in blocks with 90. Edge: UW.
BACKCOURT: UW’s Josh Gasser and Bronson Koenig vs. Oregon’s Joseph Young and Jalil Abdul-Bassit. Gasser has drawn difficult defensive assignments all season but slowing Young may be his toughest challenge to date. Young scored 15 consecutive points during one stretch against Oklahoma State and finished with 27. He scored from three-point range, on drives and from the free-throw line as he hit 8 of 8 attempts. He scored 74 points in three Pacific-12 tournament games, the No. 3 mark in league history behind Reggie Miller (83) and Leon Powe (80). Koenig had a quiet scoring game against Coastal Carolina but he could get plenty of scoring chances Sunday. Edge: UW.
RESERVES: UW’s Duje Dukan, Zak Showalter and Vitto Brown vs. Oregon’s Dwayne Benjamin, Casey Benson and Ahmaad Rorie. Benjamin was the Ducks’ best sub in the victory over Oklahoma State with six points, four rebounds and three steals. He averages 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds and can step out and shoot from three-point range (34.7%). Dukan (five points, five rebounds) and Showalter (two points, one assist) gave UW solid minutes against Coastal Carolina. Edge: Oregon.
COACHES: UW’s Bo Ryan vs. Oregon’s Dana Altman. Altman has a roster of explosive athletes who too often don’t appear interested in defending. Ryan’s team is more disciplined and fundamentally sound. Edge: UW.