Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

Rob Wilson’s epic afternoon helps Wisconsin sneak past Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS – Needing a victory to stay in contention for a protected four-seed in the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin looked to its bench for help.

What they found was a four-year reserve player who caught fire from beyond the arc, as Rob Wilson dropped a career high 30-points on 11-16 shooting, including seven three pointers, to help the No. 15 Badgers sneak past the No. 14 Indiana Hoosiers and advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals.

“I’m so happy for [Rob],” said Jordan Taylor after the game. “I almost feel like I had 30 im so happy.”

A reserve player who averages only 10 minutes a game this season, Wilson’s career high point total today actually surpassed his season-high minutes total.

Rarely in the spotlight, the sheepish senior admitted he didn’t know if he’d ever been in an interview room during his college career, and that he’s certainly never felt like that on a basketball court since high school.

How about that for perspective?

“Needless to say we had a player that was in the zone,” said Bo Ryan.  “Rob has really stepped into his own during the end of the season.”

A pleasant surprise for the head coach? Absolutely, but Wilson had been showing signs of becoming reliable option within the Badgers offense. His three best games of this regular season came in the past three weeks, highlighted by an 11-point performance against Iowa on February 23rd.

While the celebrations for Wilson’s performance continued into the media room and Badgers locker room, Wisconsin on the whole should be lauded for their ability to fend off a Hoosier club that probably felt like they were playing a home game.

Three times in the second half the  Badgers found their lead cut to one, but never relinquished the advantage, stopping the Hoosiers from ever pulling ahead with crucial defensive stops down the stretch.

That’s per the usual for a program that prides itself on toughness. They’ll need to continue that tomorrow against Michigan State.

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VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.