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Tar Heeled: Badgers edged by North Carolina in Elite Eight

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Wisconsin 1 North Carolina 88, 6 Wisconsin 82
2005 NCAA Tournament - Elite Eight (Syracuse Region)
Carrier Dome • Syracuse, N.Y. • Attendance: 30,123

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1st 2nd Final
44 38 82
 North Carolina
44 44 88
 Statistical Leaders
 • Alando Tucker: 25 Pts, 9-17 FG, 7-9 FT
 • Kammron Taylor: 18 Pts, 3 Reb, 6-12 FG
 • Clayton Hanson: 15 Pts, 5-8 3FG
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 FG Percentage .492 .531
 3-Point FG Percentage .458 .313
 FT Percentage .846 .833
 Offensive Rebounds 10 12
 Defensive Rebounds 19 21
 Total Rebounds 29 33
 Turnovers 12 9
 Blocks 0 5
 Steals 5 5
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March 27, 2005

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team gave top-seeded North Carolina all it could handle, but came up just short of earning its first Final Four berth since 2000, falling 88-82 to the Tar Heels Sunday afternoon in an Elite Eight matchup at the Carrier Dome.

Sean May was a beast inside for UNC, scoring a game-high 29 points and collecting 14 rebounds.

Alando Tucker was outstanding in defeat for the Badgers (25-9), scoring 25 points.

 Fast Facts
• UW used 11-0 run to go into half tied at 44-44
• Tar Heels unleashed 14-0 in second half
• Badgers cut UNC lead to one pt 3 different times

North Carolina (31-4) advances to the Final Four in Saint Louis next weekend and will face the winner of Sunday afternoons late game between Michigan State and Kentucky.

The Tar Heels opened the game red-hot from the field, making 12 of their first 14 field goal attempts in jumping out to 26-18 lead. The UNC advantage would grow to 11 at 30-19 before Clayton Hanson knocked down consecutive 3-pointers to cut the Badger deficit to six.

Hansons third trey of the half got UW within 35-30 before a 9-3 run by the Tar Heels helped them regain their largest lead of the half of 11 at 44-33.

Just when it looked like North Carolina may deliver the knockout punch late in the first half, Wisconsin went on a big run. The Badgers used an 11-0 spurt to close out the half, capped by a 3-pointer by Sharif Chambliss to tie the game at 44 apiece heading into halftime.

Five straight points by UW to open the second half made it a 16-0 run spanning both halves as Wisconsin regained its first lead since an early 5-4 advantage. However, UNC took control, scoring 14 straight points to go ahead 58-49.

The Badgers would steadily chip away at the North Carolina lead, mainly behind the hot hand of Hanson. His fifth 3-pointer of the game with 8:48 remaining pulled UW within one at 68-67.

Wisconsin had opportunities on four separate possessions down one to take the lead, but was never able to regain the advantage.

Trailing 78-73, the Badgers got an alley-oop dunk by Alando Tucker to get back within three with 1:38 left. Rashad McCants answered with a 3-pointer to stretch UNCs lead to six with 1:06 remaining before Kammron Taylor answered on the other end with a three of his own with 55.3 seconds to go.

But Raymond Felton knocked down a pair of free throws and following a miss by Taylor hit four more from the charity stripe to give the Tar Heels an 87-80 lead to virtually seal the win.

Taylor contributed 18 points for Wisconsin, while seniors Hanson and Mike Wilkinson were also in double figures with 15 and 11, respectively. The Badgers 25 wins this season tied a school record.

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