With a week to rehash Baylor's remarkable regular-season finish, it seemed as though Wisconsin was bound to find itself in a grinder sometime during Thursday's Sweet 16 game in Anaheim. The Bears' zone defense had stifled Creighton in the Round of 32, and their offense has four starters averaging double digits in scoring.
Alas, Wisconsin looked very much like the squad that overcame Oregon one round earlier, leading for all but 1:34 of a 69-52 win. The Badgers will play the winner of Arizona vs. San Diego State on Saturday.
Frank Kaminsky led all players in scoring with 19 points, while also pulling down four rebounds and blocking six shots. Ben Brust added 14 points, while Nigel Hayes had 10. As a team, Wisconsin was impressively efficient, notching 18 assists on 26 made shots.
We'll have more shortly from Max Sternberg, who's live courtside in Anaheim. For now, though, Badgers fans will enjoy a brilliant performance that has them back in the Elite 8 for the first time since 2005.