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3 Pittsburgh 59, 6 Wisconsin 55
2004 NCAA Tournament - Second Round (E. Rutherford Region)
Bradley Center • Milwaukee, Wis. • Attendance: 18,886


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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin 26 29 55
 Pittsburgh
26 33 59
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 • Devin Harris: 21 Pts, 7 Reb, 4 Ast, 5-10 3FG
 • Zach Morley: 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast
 • Boo Wade: 9 Pts, 4 Reb
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WIS PITT
 FG Percentage .354 .356
 3-Point FG Percentage .444 .200
 FT Percentage .765 .789
 Offensive Rebounds 7 15
 Defensive Rebounds 24 25
 Total Rebounds 31 40
 Turnovers 13 9
 Blocks 3 3
 Steals 4 7
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March 21, 2004

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (AP) -- If anybody knows how to how quiet a crowd it's the Pittsburgh Panthers.

They muffled the pro-Wisconsin horde at the Bradley Center with a 59-55 victory over the Badgers on Sunday in the second round of the East Rutherford Regional.

Carl Krauser scored 16 points and Julius Page 12 for the third-seeded Panthers (31-4), who will play Oklahoma State (29-3) in the regional semifinals. The Cowboys beat Memphis 70-53 earlier Sunday. 

Pittsburgh was chafed at having to play what amounted to a home game for the sixth-seeded Badgers.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers set school record for wins in a season (25)
• UW and Pitt also battled for the 1941 NCAA title
• Game saw 10 ties and 11 lead changes

he Panthers needn't have fretted. They improved to 12-3 away from home, a record that includes victories over Syracuse in front of more than 31,000 at the Carrier Dome and over Georgetown at the earsplitting MCI Center.

So, the Bradley Center, just a 75-mile drive up Interstate 94 from the Badgers' campus in Madison, and its red-clad crowd was nothing new to the Panthers.

The game pitting two Top 10 teams was befitting next weekend's regional semifinals and proved that a low-scoring, defensive oriented contest could be exciting.

Pittsburgh shot 36 percent to the Badgers' 35 percent, and it was anybody's game until the closing seconds when Pittsburgh made all the crucial plays.

Devin Harris scored 21 points for the Badgers but none after his 3-pointer gave Wisconsin a 40-37 lead at the 12-minute mark. He finished the season with a school record 624 points, four more than Michael Finley scored in 1993.

The Badgers pulled to 56-55 on Boo Wade's follow-up 3-pointer on a dish from Harris with 21 seconds left.

Krauser was fouled in the backcourt and sank both shots for a three-point lead. The Badgers couldn't get a good look from beyond the arc, but coach Bo Ryan never used one of his two timeouts and Zach Morley was off target on a short jumper with five seconds left.

Jaron Brown grabbed the rebound and Clayton Hanson fouled him with three seconds remaining. Brown missed the first but sank the second to send the Big East regular season champions into the round of 16 for the third straight year.

The Badgers (25-7) set a school record for wins this season but that was of little consolation to the crowd that had expected to help lift their team past the Panthers.

The teams met in the 1941 NCAA Tournament at the UW Field House in Madison, and the Badgers won 36-30 on their way to their only national championship.

The Badgers credited the crowd for helping them survive an upset bid by Richmond in the opener. But the Panthers, whose three road losses are by a combined seven points, kept the Badgers from getting any advantage from playing just 90 minutes from their Madison campus.

The Badgers took their biggest lead of the second half at 48-44 on Hanson's 3-pointer with 5:47 remaining. But the Panthers responded by scoring seven straight points to take control and the crowd heeded the lonely sign in the Pittsburgh section that read simply, "Shhhh..."

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