NCAA Men's Hoops: Badgers Eliminated From NCAA Tourney

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Wisconsin has become the highest seed to lose so far in the NCAA.

The number two-seeded Badgers lost to the seven-seed Runnin' Rebels 74-68 yesterday.

UNLV's Kevin Kruger connected on three straight three-pointers late in the second half, rallying the Runnin' Rebels rallied to the victory in the second round of the Midwest Regional.

Kruger was shooting just one-of-15 in the tournament, including one-of-seven yesterday, when he found the range.

He tied it with a three, then hit another to give the Runnin' Rebels the lead with just under six minutes left.

UNLV led by 12 at the half, but Wisconsin rallied with 11 straight points.

A 16-2 run gave the Badgers a five-point lead to the delight of their red-clad fans at the United Center.

But Kruger delivered.

After his three three-pointers, he was fouled on another long-range attempt and made all three free throws to make it 64-56 with a little more than three minutes left.

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