At one point in the second half of their game against Ole Miss, Wisconsin appeared to be in control of earning a win in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament to advance to the third round against the winner of the LaSalle-Kansas State matchup. Instead, the Badgers fell apart in the second half–arguably displaying one of the worst shooting performances of this year’s tournament.
Not only did Wisconsin shoot just 7 of 30 from three-point range, but they only hit 25.4 percent of their shots (15 of 59 on the game) during their 57-46 loss to the Rebels on Friday. After reaching the Big Ten Tournament Championship against Ohio State, many believed Wisconsin was snubbed after receiving a No. 5 seed in the West Region, but with the type of shooting performance they displayed against Ole Miss–it’s safe to say the committee made the right choice on that one.
For a team known for ranking near the top of the standings when it came to defense, losing this early in the tournament to Ole Miss has to sting for a team like Wisconsin. Despite receiving a lower seed than expected, the Badgers seemed to be determined to make a strong run in the West Region by giving teams like Ohio State and Gonzaga a run for their money.
Unfortunately, that will no longer be the case for Wisconsin as this team displayed the type of shooting performance that could go down as one of the worst of the second round in this year’s tournament.
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