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Badgers advance to Sweet 16


TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Jordan Taylor hit two big free throws and blocked Jacob Pullen's 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to overcome a rough shooting night, lifting Wisconsin to a 70-65 win over Kansas State on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Taylor shot just 2 of 16 but came up with the biggest play of the game, swatting Pullen's tying attempt in the final seconds with Wisconsin (25-8) up three. Josh Gasser then hit two free throws to seal it, sending the fourth-seeded Badgers into the round of 16 for the fourth time since 2000.

Wisconsin moves on to face upset specialist Butler, a winner over top-seeded Pittsburgh, in the Southeast regional semifinals Thursday in New Orleans.

Pullen matched a career high with 38 points to break the school's career scoring mark, but walked away wiping tears with his jersey after a stellar four years in the Little Apple.

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