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