KANSAS CITY (WKOW) -- The Badgers 15th straight NCCA tournament ended early on Friday, when they lost to Ole Miss in a first-round game in Kansas City.
Wisconsin becomes the third No. 5 seed to lose in this year's NCAA tournament, falling 57-46 to the No. 12 seed Rebels.
Outspoken Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson finished with 19 points, making all but one of his baskets in the second half. Reginald Buckner and the rest of the Rebels' bigs kept the game close till Henderson heated up. Buckner finished with 12 rebounds.
Wisconsin led 25-22 at halftime and led by as many as six in the second half. The game remained close until Ole Miss began to pull away in the closing minutes.
The Badgers made just 15 of their 59 shots, shooting just over 25% from the field.
KANSAS CITY (WKOW) -- For the fifteenth straight year, the Badger's men basketball team is playing in the NCAA tournament.
They will get their run started Friday morning against twelfth seeded Ole Miss. This is their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2004.
Both the Badgers and the Rebels got to shoot around the Sprint Center Thursday afternoon, and excitement was in the air.
"We're excited. We're ready to play," said UW senior forward Mike Bruesewitz. "We're playing great basketball at the end of the season, which is where you want to be. If you're a college basketball player and you don't have a little butterfly in your stomach, you're not alive. This is the best time of the year."
Friday's match up tips off at 11:40 am in Kansas City.
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