Cats Fall to Wisconsin in NCAA Second Round

OMAHA, Neb. (AP)Wisconsin’s Trevon Hughes matched his career high with 25 points, and third-seeded Wisconsin eliminated Kansas State after a 72-55 victory in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday.

K-State’s Michael Beasley scored 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season, but he had only six after halftime.

The third-seeded Badgers (31-4), who set a school record for wins in a season, play either Georgetown or Davidson in the round of 16 next week in Detroit. Wisconsin heads to the Motor City with 12 straight wins and 25 victories in the last 27 games.

Hughes, who had eight points in a 71-56 first-round win over Cal State Fullerton, scored in double figures for the first time in seven games and had his biggest output since scoring 25 in the season opener against IPFW.

Hughes scored eight points in a 13-2 run over the first and second halves to break open the game, and hit four of the Badgers’ nine 3-pointers.

Fellow freshman Bill Walker scored 18 points for the Wildcats (21-12), who were 0-for-13 from 3-point range.

Michael Flowers had 15 points and Greg Stiemsma 14 for the Badgers, who are in the regional semifinals for the first time since 2005.

No. 11 seed Kansas State beat sixth-seeded USC 80-67 on Thursday, but the Wildcats couldn’t handle the burly Badgers.

To be sure, between running into screens and running into big bodies underneath the basket, the Wildcats will feel this game in the morning. No one came out bruised more than Beasley’s right-hand man, Walker.

Walker wasn’t much of a factor in the first half after scoring 22 points against USC on Thursday. But he was the best thing going for the Wildcats after half, when he scored 10 of his 18 points.

Flowers made three of the Badgers’ seven first-half 3-pointers. Jason Bohannon’s 3 broke a 10-10 tie, and back-to-back 3s by Flowers put Wisconsin up 32-20.

A Beasley dunk got the Wildcats back within 36-33, but the Badgers got another 3 from Flowers to lead 39-33 at halftime.

Wisconsin’s nation-leading defense guarded Beasley by committee, with Marcus Landry, Stiemsma, Butch and Joe Krabbenhoft taking turns against him.

Beasley opened the game with a fancy fall-away jumper in the lane, and he easily glided around Stiemsma for a smooth finger-roll basket.