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2015 NCAA Tournament Recap: Wisconsin Badgers vs Costal Carolina

Wisconsin cruises by Costal Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Frank Kaminsky slams the ball home against Costal Carolina
Frank Kaminsky slams the ball home against Costal Carolina
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A sixteen seed has never beaten a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament, and the Wisconsin Badgers were not looking to become the first victims. The Costal Carolina Chanticleers had upset on their minds, but Wisconsin wasn't going to let it happen as it ran away with a 15 point lead going into halftime.

The Chanticleers were able to keep the game close for a solid chunk of the first half; a basket by Costal Carolina with 7 minutes remaining in the first half kept the Chanticleers within striking distance down 42-28. Regardless, the rest of the first half belonged to the Badgers who went on a 19-8 run before going into the locker room. A couple of three point jumpers put the Badgers out ahead, and they would finish the first half with 8 of them.

The second half was fairly even in scoring, as Costal Carolina was actually able to outscore Wisconsin in the second half, but it would prove to be too little against a veteran Wisconsin team. Frank Kaminsky led all scores with 27 and accompanied that with 12 boards. Also finishing in double figures for the Badgers were Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes with 20 and 15 points respectively. Warren Gillis and Elijah Wilson played well for the Chanticleers with 42 combined points, but they didn't receive much help from their teammates. Costal Carolina didn't have enough in its tank to deroute the top-ranked Badgers. Wisconsin will move on to face Oregon in the Round of 32 on Sunday.

Once again, Wisconsin proved just how hard it can be to handle when Frank Kaminsky takes control of the game. Recording a double-double and being the focal point of this Badger offense, Frank Kaminsky is a huge advantage for Wisconsin whenever he's on the floor. Though Oregon is an offensive juggernaut with one of the nation's best scorers in Joseph Young, the Ducks will have a very difficult time containing the star center for the Badgers. Wisconsin will meet the Ducks for the second straight year in the NCAA Tournament, and although they'll be the favorites, they will certainly be given all they can handle once again. In last year's Round of 32, Oregon led by as many as 13 in the first half, so this team knows how to compete.