TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 19: Jordan Taylor #11 celebrates with Jon Leuer #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers after Leuer dunked against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first half during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: Wisconsin Gets Late Heroics To Beat Kansas State, 70-65

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NCAA Bracket Update: Wisconsin Beats Kansas State 70-65, Moves On To Sweet Sixteen

Jacob Pullen dominated Jordan Taylor all night, scoring 38 points to set a new 2011 NCAA Tournament high. But what Taylor did in the last minute of Wisconsin's win over Kansas State made up for all of it.

Taylor converted two free throws late that forced Pullen to rush a game-tying three, then blocked that shot to all but seal Wisconsin's trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

And those clutch plays made up for Taylor fouling Pullen on a potential game-tying three just moments before. Pullen made only two of three free throws, though, ending his superb night with a heartbreaking coda.

Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz hit a three-pointer with 1:31 left to give Wisconsin a lead it would not relinquish.

With the Wisconsin win, the Southeast Region is done with the Third Round.

No. 8 Butler def. No. 1 Pittsburgh, 71-70
No. 4 Wisconsin def. No. 5 Kansas State, 70-65
No. 3 BYU def. No. 11 Gonzaga, 89-67
No. 2 Florida def. No. 7 UCLA, 73-65

That means we have these Sweet Sixteen matchups:

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Butler
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 3 BYU

To connect with caps">Kansas State fans, check out Bring On The Cats. For more on Wisconsin, head over to Bucky's 5th Quarter.

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket and the full March Madness schedule.


NCAA Tournament Scores, Wisconsin Vs. Kansas State: Jacob Pullen On Fire But Wisconsin Leads, 36-30

It’s been all Jacob Pullen for the Kansas State Wildcats, but Wisconsin withstood the Kansas State senior’s scoring barrage to take a 36-30 halftime lead. Pullen has a game-high 22 points, accounting for almost all of Kansas State’s scoring, but a balanced attack from the Badgers has them ahead.

Pullen’s been on fire from the field, connecting on 7-10 shots and all four of his three-point attempts. Pullen and Curtis Kelly have combined for the bulk of the Wildcats’ scoring thus far, with Pullen shredding the Wisconsin defense early and often.

Jordan Taylor has seven points for Wisconsin. Tim Jarmusz, Jon Leuer and Mike Bruesewitz each have six points. Josh Gasser led the way on the boards with five first half rebounds.

For more on the Wildcats, check out SB Nation’s Bring On The Cats. To check in with Wisconsin fans, visit Bucky’s 5th Quarter.

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket… the full March Madness schedule.


NCAA Bracket 2011: No. 4 Wisconsin Vs. No. 5 Kansas State

Two major conference titans will meet in the Third Round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket when Wisconsin and Kansas State take the court. The Southeast Region clash highlights the updated 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule, tipping on Saturday at 8:40 p.m. Eastern from Tucson.

Wisconsin dominated a Belmont team anointed by many as a potential March Madness spoiler, getting 43 combined points from Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor and outrebounding the Bruins 29-17. The Badgers will need more of that, and some of the hot three-point shooting they enjoyed (12 of 22 from long range), too, to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

Kansas State may have to hope that someone other than Jacob Pullen shows up against the Badgers. Pullen had 22 points in the Wildcats' Second Round victory against Utah State, and did a lot of his damage at the free throw line, sinking nine of 12 shots from the charity stripe. It was Pullen who helped propel K-State past Xavier in the Sweet Sixteen last season.

Star Watch: Curtis Kelly may have to do work against Wisconsin's front line for Kansas State to advance. The Wildcats forward has been hot of late, averaging 15.2 points and 7.6 rebounds over his last five games.

Prediction: Wisconsin's offensive efficiency carries them early, and a late K-State implosion makes for a 76-62 rout late.

More Reading: SB Nation's Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter has more Badgers insights, Or learn more about the Wildcats Kansas State blog Bring On The Cats.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East Region, West Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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