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Wisconsin badgers Baylor, coasts into West Region final

Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bo Ryan may have his most offensively gifted team yet.

The defense is still there too.

Wisconsin's crisp ball movement and passing picked apart Baylor's zone and the Badgers' third Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years finally resulted in a win.

Frank Kaminsky had 19 points and six blocks and Wisconsin routed Baylor, 69-52, in an NCAA Tournament West Region semifinal from Anaheim.

Second-seeded Wisconsin (29-7), which hadn't reached a Regional Final since 2005, hasn't made the Final Four during Ryan's tenure since he took over the program in 2001.

It'll get a shot Saturday against top-seeded Arizona.

"That would be a very special thing to do," Badgers guard Ben Brust said "But we also know that he's not going to let us look too far ahead."

Brust tallied 14 points and six rebounds, while Nigel Hayes added 10 points and six boards for the Badgers, who tallied 18 assists on 26 made field goals (26-of-50). They registered 36 points in the paint against the lengthy Baylor zone.

"We did a very poor job in making things tough," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said.

Sixth-seeded Baylor (26-12) came in winning 12 of its last 14 games following a midseason swoon, but never found its rhythm against Wisconsin's scrappy defense.

The Bears shot just 31.6 percent (18-of-57) from the floor after a 63.8 percent performance against third-seeded Creighton in the third round. They were just 2-of-15 from beyond the arc.

Cory Jefferson had 15 points and seven rebounds in defeat. His layup staked the Bears to a short-lived 2-0 lead, their only one of the game, before Kaminsky netted six points during an 8-0 Badgers' spurt. A 15-3 run minutes later further extended Wisconsin's advantage.

Brust and Sam Dekker knocked down 3-pointers to begin the surge, while back- to-back layups by Kaminsky and Hayes capped it and gave Wisconsin a 25-11 cushion late in the first half. The Badgers recorded assists on each of the six baskets converted during the burst.

Wisconsin took a 29-16 advantage into the break.

Baylor shot just 20.8 percent (5-of-24) in the opening 20 minutes. Things didn't go much better in the second half.

Dekker's dunk and a Kaminsky 3-point play increased the Wisconsin lead to 34-16, and the Bears never cut the deficit below 15 the rest of the way.

The Badgers led by as many as 21 down the stretch.

Game Notes

Seeded fourth in the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Badgers fell to No. 8 seed Butler and top-seeded Syracuse, respectively, in the Sweet 16 ... Kaminsky was 8-of-11 from the field ... Wisconsin has won 12 of its last 14 games.

03/28 01:30:58 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
2nd
SFG 1
KAN 0
 
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WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
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TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
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MARS 35
FATL 16
 
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
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MSU 35
MICH 11
 
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KENT 31
MSST 45
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STAN 38
ORST 14
 
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
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WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
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UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 45
 
Half
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
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LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
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TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
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COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
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TENN 0
ALA 20
 
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AUB 14
SCAR 14
 
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PSU 0
OSU 7
 
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UTAH
USC
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WASH
ARST
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SJS 1
BUF 2
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TOR 0
BOS 1
 
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NYI 3
DAL 4
 
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PHI 1
DET 1
 
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OTT 1
NJD 1
 
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MON 1
NYR 1
 
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STL 1
CHI 1
 
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NAS 0
PIT 1
 
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MIN 3
TAM 1
 
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ARI
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CAL
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14