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Titan-ic effort: Badgers outlast 14th-seeded Cal State Fullerton

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Cal State Fullerton 3 Wisconsin 71, 14 Cal State Fullerton 56
2008 NCAA Tournament - First Round (Midwest Region)
Qwest Center • Omaha, Neb. • Attendance: 17,162

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1st 2nd Final
 Cal State Fullerton
28 28 56
30 41 71
 Statistical Leaders
 • Brian Butch: 14 Pts, 9 Reb, 7-14 FG
 • Jason Bohannon: 13 Pts, 3 Reb, 8-8 FT
 • Joe Krabbenhoft: 13 Pts, 9 Reb, 5-7 FG
 Stats at a Glance
 FG Percentage .362 .424
 3-Point FG Percentage .333 .188
 FT Percentage .538 .720
 Offensive Rebounds 7 18
 Defensive Rebounds 20 32
 Total Rebounds 27 50
 Turnovers 14 7
 Blocks 0 7
 Steals 9 8
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March 20, 2008

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Wisconsin mens basketball team, a No. 3 seed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament won its opening round game, 71-56 over 14th-seeded Cal State Fullerton Thursday night at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb.

The Badgers will face Kansas State on Saturday at 3:20 p.m in the second round after the Wildcats beat USC 80-67 on Thursday.

 Fast Facts
• UW outrebounded Titans 50-27
• Badgers used second-half run to pull away
• Wisconsin tied school record with 30 wins

The Badgers were led by senior Brian Butch who tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason Bohannon each chipped in 13 points, while Marcus Landry had a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with eight points.

The Badgers got off to a rough start, falling behind 16-10 early in the half, and didnt take the lead until the 11:21 mark of the opening period.

Wisconsin pushed its lead to eight (28-20) with just over four minutes to play, but the Titans didnt back down, and made a little run behind Frank Robinson and Josh Akognon to cut UWs halftime lead to two.

The Badgers stretched their lead to double digits early in the second half behind some strong defense from Greg Stiemsma and a couple of key jumpers from Trevon Hughes and Krabbenhoft.

Hughes ended the night with four assists, four steals and four free throws. The Badgers didnt back down in the second half en route to the 71-56 victory, their 11th straight.

Bohannon scored all eight of his second-half points from the free throw line, including big makes towards the end of the game to secure the teams 30th win of the season, tying the school record.

Cal State Fullerton was led by Akognon who scored a game-high 31, the highest against the Badgers this season, on 11-of-23 shooting. Robinson added 11 points, while Scott Curtley chipped in nine. Only the five starters (out of 10 that played) scored for the Titans as they ended their season 24-9 overall.

The Badgers shot 42 percent from the field (25-59), but outrebounded the Titans 50-27 and had 13 assists compared to CSFs seven. Wisconsin will now face off against Kansas State on Saturday at 3:20 p.m. on CBS and the Badger Radio Network.

Be sure to check out the postid=804"> --> NCAA Tournament blog to follow all the action behind the scenes of the Badger basketball team.

Wisconsin Post Game Quotes:

Head Coach Bo Ryan
Opening Comments: "I thought our guys responded well to a very hard fought game, especially in the first half. And then we stayed true to our principles and started to get some space, but I'll tell you, they have unlimited range a couple of their guys and very scrappy on defense, very good with their feet.

I think Bob has done a heck of a job with that group. And I can see how they got here, that's for sure. But we're very proud of our guys that they hung in there and did some good things, got to the free throw line, took care of the ball a little better.

Even though we had a high number of turnovers a lot of that was by trying to make a good play into the post that got deflected, trying to get some high percentage shots. We did it a lot better in the second half, which we'll take. If we can get to the line we'll take that too."

On Josh Akognon's play: "Yeah, he can get 40. He had a couple of rattle in and come out. Sometimes a guy's going to look to take that many shots. Until he hit those two or three at the end, I felt pretty comfortable with how he was being played. I thought early on a couple of his drives we didn't do a good job of chesting up or stopping his penetration.

But as far as the 3s until he hit those ones in the last three or four minutes, I thought we did a pretty good job on him. I never worry about the total number; I just worry about possessions and the number of points that the other team gets on their possessions. They did not get one point per possession, even though he got 30 some."

Wisconsin junior Joe Krabbenhoft
On controlling the game's tempo: "The rules that were taught at the beginning of the season, we started off with drills protecting the rim in transition was probably the first drill I remember as a Badger, coming here, my freshman year.

So they've stuck with it, stuck in my mind ever since. Protect the rim first. Hustle back, everybody else hustle back and find shooters, especially on this team tonight we really had to hustle back and get a hand in the face of Akognon and Robinson and guys like that because they can light it up from deep. It's a team effort. It's a collective rule and we all tried to stick to it."

Senior Brian Butch:
On the team's defense: "We have to be, to answer that question. For us to win, we've got to face different teams. You've got to take the challenges when they come at us. We know that Saturday is going to be a different challenge than tonight was.

Like I said yesterday, I think our nonconference schedule really set us up pretty well for that. It's really handled given us a chance to really I guess go up against different types of offenses. So we've had experiences in all areas. So I think, in answer to that question, yeah, and part of the reason we're up to it is because we have to be.

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