Adams stars as Arizona routs Wisconsin
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Hassan Adams returned from a suspension
and scored 21 points to lead Arizona to a 94-75 rout of Wisconsin in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament at the Wachovia Center.
Ivan Radenovic added 18 points for the Wildcats (20-12), who are seeded eighth
in the Minneapolis bracket and will next play top seed Villanova.
Philadelphia native Mustafa Shakur chipped in 17 points and nine assists,
while Marcus Williams and Bret Brielmaier each had 10 points.
Adams missed the Pac-10 Tournament after being arrested on suspicion of DUI,
but he was re-instated this week and had a strong game by making 10-of-14
shots. Arizona shot 59.3 percent overall.
Alando Tucker scored 19 points and Kammron Taylor added 12 for Wisconsin
(19-12), which fell behind early and never recovered. The Badgers, who lost to
eventual champion North Carolina in last year’s Syracuse bracket final,
dropped their final four games of this season.
Arizona also reached the Elite Eight last year, losing in overtime to Illinois
in the Chicago bracket final. The Wildcats struggled at times this season, but
still earned their 22nd straight NCAA Tournament bid and came out on fire
Wisconsin struggled from the opening tip and watched Arizona reel off the
first eight points on the way to a 14-3 cushion. It was 24-8 before Taylor
made his lone basket of the first half for the Badgers with a three-pointer.
The Wildcats followed with the next 11 points. A steal and layup by Chris
Rodgers with 8:48 left in the half pushed the Arizona lead to 35-11.
Wisconsin finally got on track with a 15-2 run and pulled within 11 on a
three-pointer by Ray Nixon with 4:49 remaining.
Arizona, though, stopped the momentum and scored the next seven points, but
the Badgers closed the half with an 8-2 run and headed into the break down
Tucker and Taylor, Wisconsin’s top two scorers, combined to make only 2-of-12
shots in the opening 20 minutes.
The Wildcats, meanwhile, shot 59.4 percent from the floor in the first half
and held a 20-12 edge on the boards.
Arizona scored the first seven points of the second half, capped by an Adams
jumper, and Wisconsin got only as close as 14 the rest of the way.
A driving layup by Tucker pulled the Badgers within 62-48 with 12:41 to play,
but Shakur answered with a three-pointer and assisted on a bucket by Adams to
extend the Arizona lead to 19. The Wildcats cruised from there.
Tucker and Taylor combined to make just 9-of-26 shots…Arizona finished with
a 36-27 rebounding advantage…Brielmaier added eight rebounds and made each
of his three shots as well as all four of his free throws…Arizona had 25
fast-break points to Wisconsin’s three…These teams met in the 2000 NCAA
Tournament and Wisconsin, as an eight seed, knocked off the top-seeded
Wildcats in the second round on its way to the Final Four.