Saturday, March 21, 2009

ONE LESS WIN TO TAKE AWAY FROM FLORIDA STATE

No. 12 WISCONSIN 61, No. 5 FLORIDA STATE 59 – It hasn’t been a great week for the Noles as it started with a loss in the ACC Championship. Mid-week brought about more focus on their NCAA woes, and now this.

Unfortunately, the game played out as many have for the Seminoles – Toney Douglas scored a game-high 26 points, but the rest of the Noles struggled, especially in the second half and OT going just 9-for-24 from the field.

Wisconsin’s Trevor Hughes, aside from having the unenviable job of guarding Douglas, had the ball in his hand at the end of the game. What did he do with it? He somehow made a crazy, spinning, highlight reel bank shot that won the game for the Badgers (20-12).

Jason Bohannon led Wisconsin with 16 points, including a 3-pointer with the shot clock going off for 52-50 lead with 55 seconds left in regulation.

Keaton Nankivil had 14 and Hughes and Marcus Landry had 10 each for Wisconsin, which endured a six-game losing streak in January that put Bucky on the bubble for the last six weeks of the season.

Florida State (25-10), meanwhile, has an NCAA tournament resume you could fit on the back of a business card – a grand total of 11 appearances, but there should be no question that coach Leonard Hamilton has them going in the right direction.

"I think we got beat by a team tonight that stuck to their game plan," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "With the game on the line, they executed."

Wisconsin joined Western Kentucky and Arizona as the third vaunted No. 12 seed to pull an upset over a No. 5 seed.

Maybe the NCAA Selection Committee is on to something…

(Photos by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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