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Beasley and Wildcats await Badgers

first_imgOMAHA, Neb. ? It might not have been pretty, but Wisconsinwas eventually able to secure a win Thursday night over Cal-State Fullerton inthe first round of the NCAA tournament.The Badgers reward? A second round matchup with Kansas Stateand its Player of the Year candidate Michael Beasley.Only a freshman, Beasley averaged 26.5 points and 12.4rebounds per game this season and would likely be the NBA?s top draft pick thisJune should he leave the Wildcats after the season.Against USC Thursday, Beasley found himself in early foultrouble but still managed to finish with 23 points and 11 boards ? his 27thdouble-double of the season.?It?s pretty tough,? Brian Butch said of guarding Beasley. ?Idon?t think you?re going to stop him. He?s just too good of a player for us,we?ve really got to concentrate on playing good solid team defense.??There?s not going to be one guy that?s going to stop him,or one team that?s going to really stop what he does. You?ve to really just tryto slow him down.?Beasley isn?t the only Wildcat freshman that poses a threatto the Badgers though. Bill Walker scored 17 points in the first-half againstUSC and averaged 15.8 points on the season. When Beasley was forced to sit onthe bench in the early going against Southern California, it was Walker thatkept Kansas State in the game.Saturday?s matchup will also be a battle of playing styles.While third-seeded Wisconsin has gotten done on the defensive end this season, 11th-seededKansas State has been a force offensively, averaging 78.7 points per game.?In this tournament it?s a battle of playing style,? Walkersaid. ?If we can play to our tempo and our place we can win the game. If theyslow it down they can win. Just a battle of tempo.?Kansas State will have the luxury of playing close to homeSaturday. Manhattan, Kansas is just a few hours from Omaha and if Thursday?scrowd was any indication, it will be a very pro-Wildcat bunch.Wisconsin?s tournament hopes were dashed in the second roundlast season when UW was upset by UNLV.last_img

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