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March Madness 2022: State of Iowa throws Wisconsin into turmoil

MILWAUKEE — Gabe Kalscheur scored 22 points and 11th-ranked Iowa State surprised Wisconsin in the Badgers’ backyard and advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 54-49 win in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

Izaiah Brockington added 10 points as the gritty Cyclones used their tough defenses to fend off Johnny Davis and co. in front of a vociferous pro-Wisconsin crowd about 80 miles from the school’s Madison campus.

After just two wins last season, Iowa State (22-12) advanced into the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016 and the sixth time in school history. It will play the Miami-Auburn winners in the Midwest Region semifinals on Friday in Chicago.

Kalscheur, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Minnesota who knows all about tough games in Wisconsin, went off the field 10 for 19. The rest of the Cyclones collectively had 10 field goals scored.

After Brockington and freshman Tyrese Hunter led Iowa State to a 59-54 win over LSU in the first round, it was Kalscheur’s day.

Gabe Kalscheur drives against Johnny Davis.
Gabe Kalscheur drives against Johnny Davis.
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Davis, the Big Ten player of the year, led Wisconsin with 17 points, but the Badgers shot a season-low 29.8% from the field and topped it 17 times over a season-high. Wisconsin led the nation with an average of 8.4 turnovers per game coming into the day.

The Badgers, who lost freshman point guard Chucky Hepburn to a leg injury in the first half, led 18:09 to the left after Chris Vogt’s rebound dunk. But the Cyclones responded with an 11-2 run.

Kalscheur’s 3 put Iowa State ahead to stay and Brockington’s Springer made it 38-30 with 10 minutes left.

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard reacts in the second half.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard reacts in the second half.
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The Badgers drew within five on Davis’ two foul shots with 3:09 to go, but the rally fizzled out from there. Hunter grabbed two free throws and Kalscheur added another from the line to help the Cyclones hold on.

Hepburn injured his left leg after denying Hunter’s layup at 4:37 in the first half. He grabbed his leg after landing and had to be carried off the field.

Hunter’s basket sparked an 8-0 run that gave the Cyclones a 25-22 lead with 1:44 time remaining. Caleb Grill converted a layup after time was up and put it 27-26 at Iowa State at the break.

Davis spiked the ball in frustration as he left the court after Grill’s basket. The Badgers had eight turnovers at the break after turning it over just five times during their 67-60 first-round win over Colgate.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/20/march-madness-2022-iowa-state-upsets-wisconsin/ March Madness 2022: State of Iowa throws Wisconsin into turmoil

JOE HERNANDEZ

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