UPDATE: Wisconsin devastates American 75-35 in NCAA opener

By: Max Hess - Email
By: Max Hess - Email

UPDATED Thursday, March 20, 2014 --- 10:05 p.m.

It was a good day for the Badgers and their fans today.

After what fans call a shaky first half, the Badgers came back to beat American University 75 to 35.

The confidence and pride the fans had was evident from minute one.

As soon as the doors to the Bradley Center opened this morning, the only color you could see was red.

"The Badgers have a had a fantastic year, a good seed, a great location and a favorable draw," said Colin Schmies, a Badger fan who also attended yesterday's open practice.

He said he is looking forward to the rest of the tournament, just like Cheryl Gurlik.

"There's so many people here, and just the atmosophere, everybody's just excited to see the game," Gurlik said shortly before the match-up this morning.

All of that excitement surely paid off.

Sue Baumer was also at today's game. She considers herself a "huge" Badger fan.

"We just won big time," she said, adding that she's excited to be from Wisconsin because the team makes her proud.

On top of it all, she had a great time... just like most other Badger fan in the nearly packed Bradley Center, which seats roughly 18,000 people.

"Fabulous....look at the weather, it's actually Spring!," Baumer said in conclusion.

The Badgers now face the University of Oregon on Saturday in Milwaukee.


Posted Thursday, March 20, 2014 --- 1:53 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Ben Brust scored 17 points and Wisconsin devastated American with a 22-5 run to close the first half in a 75-35 victory Thursday before a friendly crowd in the NCAA tournament.

The second-seeded Badgers (27-7) recovered from a brief first-half rut and seven-point deficit to extinguish the dreams of the 15th-seeded Eagles (20-13), champions of the Patriot League.

After Wisconsin was ousted in the first round last year as a fifth seed, Brust made sure his senior season didn't end the same way. He attacked the glass for buckets on back-to-back possessions, ending with a 3-point play with 3:33 left in the first half to give Wisconsin a 23-20 lead.

The rout was on. The Badgers hit 57 percent in the second half.

John Schoof had 11 points for American.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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