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Badgers rally on big man's 3

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A lot of coaches would go ballistic if their 6-foot-10 center stepped outside and took a 3 with the clock running down and their team behind on the road.

Not Bo Ryan

Jared Berggren scored Wisconsin's final five, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds left, and the 16th-ranked Badgers beat No. 8 Ohio State 63-60 on Sunday, assuring Michigan State of at least a share of the Big Ten title.

"Wasn't that huge?" Ryan gushed later. "Give the kid a lot of credit. He's done that before."

In Ryan's offense, the big men have to carry their share of the load at the offensive end, and that doesn't necessarily mean with their backs to the basket. The Badgers have a history of big men who can shoot outside.

"We always — if we have an open look, we have to be aggressive," said Berggren, who had 18 points. "They're a good defensive team so you know open looks can be hard to come by. So when we get an opportunity, you have to step up with confidence."

The Badgers (21-8, 10-6), who lost at Iowa on Thursday night, beat a top-10 team on the road for the first time since topping No. 4 Ohio State 72-71 on Jan. 26, 1980. Ryan was an assistant coach on that team.

Ohio State (23-6, 11-5) has lost three of its past five.

"Just our inability to sustain what needed to be sustained," coach Thad Matta said of Sunday. "Be it offensive execution or defensive stops, we weren't able to get those things done."

NO. 17 LOUISVILLE 57, PITT 54: Russ Smith scored 18, Kyle Kuric added 17 three days after going 0-for-11 in a loss to Cincinnati and the host Cardinals (22-7, 10-6 Big East) held on.

NO. 23 INDIANA 69, MINNESOTA 50: Christian Watford had 12 points for the visiting Hoosiers (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten), who held the Gophers to their fewest points this season.

CALHOUN SURGERY: Connecticut Jim Calhoun is set to have back surgery today to help alleviate pain caused by narrowing of his spinal column.

Women

NO. 10 TENN. 75, UF 59: Glory Johnson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the host Vols (21-8, 12-4), who grabbed second place in the SEC and will face Vanderbilt or Mississippi State in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament on Friday. Florida (18-11, 8-8) had won five of seven but hardly threatened. UF, seeded eighth, faces Auburn on Thursday in the tournament.

VIRGINIA 66, FSU 57: Ariana Moorer had 23 points to lead the Cavaliers (21-9, 9-7 ACC). Senior center Cierra Bravard had 24 points and 10 rebounds in her final regular-season home game for the Seminoles (14-16, 6-10).

NO. 5 MIAMI 88, BC 42: Riquna Williams scored 20 and the Hurricanes (25-4, 14-2) ended their ACC regular season with their 40th straight home win.

NO. 6 MARYLAND 65, N.C. ST. 50: Alyssa Thomas scored 22 of her 24 in the second half and added a career-high 17 rebounds for the visiting Terrapins (25-4, 12-4), who clinched the No. 3 seed in the ACC tournament .

NO. 7 DUKE 69, UNC 63: Tricia Liston scored 15as the host Blue Devils (24-4, 15-1) won the ACC regular-season title outright.

NO. 23 NEBRASKA 71, NO. 8 OHIO ST. 57: Emily Cady scored 24 to match her career high, and the host Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6 Big Ten) handed the Buckeyes (24-5, 11-5) their second loss in three games.

NO. 9 DELAWARE 89, N'EASTERN 71: The host Blue Hens (26-1, 17-0 Colonial Athletic Association) won their 16th straight game and tied the school record for victories.

NO. 11 PENN ST. 74, MINNESOTA 51: The host Lions (23-5, 13-3) claimed sole possession of the Big Ten title.

NO. 13 KENTUCKY 76, MISS. ST. 40: The visiting Wildcats (24-5, 13-3) clinched their first regular-season SEC title in 30 years and set a school record for conference wins.

NO. 17 GA. TECH 62, CLEMSON 50: The host Yellow Jackets (22-7, 12-4) wrapped up their best regular season in ACC play.

NO. 18 GEORGIA 62, LSU 46: The host Bulldogs (22-7, 11-5) clinched the third seed in the SEC tournament.

NO. 22 PURDUE 90, INDIANA 58: Brittany Rayburn scored 24 for the host Boilermakers (21-8, 11-5 Big Ten).

Badgers rally on big man's 3 02/26/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 26, 2012 9:54pm]
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