2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. No. 6 Baylor
The Baylor Bears absolutely dominated the Creighton Bluejays in the round of 32. Doug McDermott was held to just 15 points. He was averaging 27 points per game, so Baylor did a great job of limiting his scoring.
Wisconsin is the No. 2 seed in the West Region, but it will be playing a red-hot Baylor team in the Sweet 16. The Badgers cruised to victory against American and could only manage an 85-77 point victory against Oregon. However, they were trailing at the half.
What to Watch For
All five starters scored in double figures last game for Wisconsin. As you can see, a number of different players can put the ball into the hoop at a pretty good rate on this team.
Cory Jefferson may be the leading scorer, but Isaiah Austin and Brady Heslip both scored 17 points last game. Just like Wisconsin, all five of the Bears’ starters scored in double figures.
Heslip has to be guarded all game long. He will bury the three if he is given any amount of space. He did have five three-pointers against Creighton.
Wisconsin was easily one of the best Big Ten teams during the season, but Baylor is playing great basketball right now. If Austin can continue to play inspired ball, every single team has to watch out for the Bears. They are in the Sweet 16 after all. This game really could go either way, though. That is the case with every contest from here on out. If Wisconsin can play tough D, I give this game to Bo Ryan‘s team. Still, Baylor just got done smashing on No. 3 seed Creighton and will get past the No. 2 seed in this region next.
Baylor 78 Wisconsin 69
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