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OR beats Arizona State 79-75 in OT in Pac-12 semis

OR beats Arizona State 79-75 in OT in Pac-12 semis

He averaged 17.1 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game to lead Wisconsin.

On Friday. No. 5 seed Wisconsin takes on No. 12 seed OR in South Region action in San Jose. With the absence of Bol Bol on the other side for Oregon, Happ should see plenty of good looks in this game. He had 20 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the title game. Here is a brief recap of each team's season and how they could match up with the Badgers.

OR (23-12) won four games in four days to win the Pac-12 tournament on Saturday and clinch a spot in the NCAA field that seemed unlikely throughout most of the season.

The Wolverines have met the Ducks twice under head coach John Beilein (since 2007-08), with the most recent meeting coming in the 2017 Sweet Sixteen.

However, as mentioned, OR has reeled off eight straight victories since that loss and won a Pac-12 conference championship.

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Their defense has been stout: they led the Pac-12 in opponent field goal attempts, opponent field goals made, and opponent three-point percentage. No love for the Huskies, however; he's got Utah State winning that game. In the Big 12 tournament, the top-seeded Wildcats beat TCU in the quarterfinals before dropping a close decision to Iowa State. If averaged for the entire season, every one of those stats would be best in the sport. Whether from outside where they've been hot and cold all season long, or at the free throw line where they are one of the worst shooting teams in the country, this will most likely play a huge factor in deciding games.

Amin said the guards have been more active, and the way Oregon's players rotate on defense has been much sharper over the last eight games.

If they play Wisconsin on Sunday, it would be the first meeting in the NCAA Tournament since the 2011 Round of 32, when they lost to the fourth-seeded Badgers, 70-65, in Tucson.

Ignas Brazdeikis scored 19 points for the Wolverines, but his shot to tie the game in the last 20 seconds was blocked by Aaron Henry. This is a group playing its best ball of the season at the best possible time, and that makes OR a sleeper to make a run in the tournament. Wisconsin has traditionally slowed down the game and won with defense and this year's team is no different - the Badgers are ranked 332nd in tempo according to kenpom.com. Big West Coach of the Year Russell Turner will have to have a almost flawless plan to upset the Wildcats and reach the Round of 32 for the first time in school history.

Location: SAP Center, San Jose, Calif.