There was another No. 5 seed upset in the tournament as Ole Miss defeated Wiscons 56-53 in a very close game that was settled by free throws. The rebels took advantage of horrific shooting by Wisconsin and they advanced to the third round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Touranment.
Both teams were dreadful from the floor, but Ole Miss simply made in more buckets. Led by Marshall Henderson who scored 15 points despite shooting 5-20 from the floor and only making 3-12 from three. Reginald Buckner handled business on the boards grabbing 12 rebounds, five of which were offensive. He also had five blocks and added nine points.
It was fairly a close game throughout as Wiscons led 25-22 at the half. However, after taking a 36-30 lead at around the halfway point of the game, Ole Miss simply took advantage of Badgers' shooting struggles. They went on a 20-8 run in 10 minutes to take the lead. They held Wisconsin to just 21 points in the second half and they celebrated their victory.
For Wisconsin, their struggles from the floor looked like this on paper. They shot 15-59, which translates into 25.4 percent. During the regular season, they averaged 43 percent. They struggled from three hitting 7-30 for just 23 percent shooting from beyond the arc. They grabbed 15 offensive rebounds, but lost that battle overall to Ole Miss as they were out-rebounded 25-31.
Wisconsin's leading scorer was sam Dekker who went 5-13 from the floor and finished with 14 points. The interesting thing was that he came off the bench. The starters were absolutely horrible. They combined to shoot just 9-41. Ouch! Doesn't matter who they had played, with this poor shooting, Wisconsin would have never won.
Next up for Ole Miss, they await a winner between Kansas State and La Salle. Click here for the live stream of that important game for Ole Miss fans.