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Last Dance: Badgers bounced from Big Dance by top-seeded Missouri

2000 NCAA Tournament
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Wisconsin Missouri 109, 9 Wisconsin 96
Dee Events Center • Ogden, Utah • Attendance: 12,126

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1st 2nd Final
47 49 96
54 55 109
 Statistical Leaders
 • Michael Finley: 36 Pts, 7 Reb, 5-10 3FG
 • Tracy Webster: 27 Pts, 7 Ast, 10-20 3FG 
 • Rashard Griffith: 6 Pts, 5 Reb, 2-5 FG
 Stats at a Glance
 FG Percentage .418 .680
 3-Point FG Percentage .405 .632
 FT Percentage .714 .744
 Rebounds 34 29
 Turnovers 11 14
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March 19, 1994

OGDEN, Utah -- The University of Wisconsin's tournament run came to a halt Saturday night, as top-seeded Missouri used a torrid shooting effort to outlast the Badgers, 109-96, at the Dees Events Center in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

More importantly, the Badgers' appearance inthe West Regional set higher goals and erased the stigma of failure after years of not earning a bid to the Big Dance.

Wisconsin head coach Stu Jackson said the victory proved his team can play with composure under pressur.

Wisconsin coach Stu Jackson, who guided the Badgers to the tournament for the first time since 1947, said the experience will place healthy expectations on younger players. 

"I think we'll look back on this year as a big step for our basketball program," stated Jackson, whose ninth-seeded team knocked off Cincinnati, 80-72, in the opening round. "It has set a standard for a very young program."

 Fast Facts
• Finley tallied career-high 36 pts in Badgers' finale
• Webster tied a career-high with 7 made 3-pointers
• UW converted a school record 15 3-point baskets

Both sides wer hurt by the sustained absence of their big men as Wisconsin's Rashard Griffith and Missouri's Jevon Crudup got into early foul trouble.

Griffith played for just five minutes in the first half, but what really hurt the Badgers' chances was the hot shooting of the Tigers.

Missouri shot 68 percent from the field, making 12-of-19 3-point attempts and finished with four players in double figures, led by Melvin Booker who scored 35 points. Wisconsin's offense made some noise as well, with Michael Finley tallying a career-high 36 points and Tracy Webster adding 27, on 7-for-13 shooting from beyond the arc.

"Their games speak for themselves," Jackson said. " From Day One, they have been the pulse of our basketball club."

Wisconsin tied a school record with 15 made 3-pointers, but could not find a way to prevent Missouri from penetrating the lane or converting buckets.

"We had no answer for their threes," Jackson said. "I don't know of a defense in the country against 23-foot jump shots, at least not at this level.

"They just shot the ball unbelievably."

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