Behind the dominant scoring of forwards Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes, the No. 1 seed Wisconsin Badgers (32–3) advanced in the NCAA tournament's West regional Friday night, defeating No. 16 seed Coastal Carolina (24–10) 86–72 in Omaha, Neb.
The trio combined for 62 of the Badgers' 86 points in the high-scoring affair. Kaminsky, the Wooden and Naismith awards hopeful, scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for another double-double to pace the Big Ten regular-season and tournament champions.
Post-game audio contributed by Max Sternberg.
Dekker scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while Hayes -- who has continued to impress with huge strides as a sophomore -- shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from the field to chip in 15 points and eight rebounds.
Wisconsin shot 54.1 percent from the field for the game and out-rebounded Coastal Carolina 36–25. Chanticleers guards Warren Gillis and Elijah Wilson led the with 22 and 20 points, respectively.
Wisconsin established a 47-33 halftime lead with Hayes, Dekker and Kaminsky all scoring in double figures to lead the Badgers. Hayes nearly had a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds (seven offensive) in the first half alone, while Dekker scored 13 on 5-of-9 shooting -- 3-of-6 from three-point range. Kaminsky chipped in 12 points and four rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
Coastal Carolina held a short 8–7 lead with 14:56 left in the first half, but the Badgers out-scored the Chanticleers 40–24 the rest of the half to lead by 14. Wisconsin shot 17-of-31 (54.8 percent), including 8-of 17 from three-point range. Coastal Carolina shot over 50 percent in the first half as well, including a red hot 5-of-6 from deep.
The Badgers will play a familiar post-season foe in No. 8 seed Oregon Sunday evening. Oregon led Wisconsin by 12 points at the half last year in the third round of the NCAA tournament, but Ben Brust and the Badgers out-scored the Ducks 48-28 in the second half to win 85-77 in Milwaukee.
The Ducks defeated No. 9 seed Oklahoma State 79-73 earlier Friday.