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Wisconsin advances with gritty win over Kansas State

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TUSCON, Ariz (TSN-WSAU) Jordan Taylor couldn't stop Jacob Pullen for 59 minutes and 57 seconds, but the Wisconsin guard came up with a big block in the final seconds to secure the Badgers' 70-65 win over Kansas State in the final third-round game of the Southeast Regional. The Badgers rallied from 6-points down in the final 6-minutes of the game.

Taylor, who shot a woeful 2-for-16 from the field, put in his 11th and 12th points from the free throw line with 10.1 seconds to go to give the fourth- seeded Badgers a 68-65 advantage.

The Wildcats called a timeout and drew up a play for the red-hot Pullen, who missed just one of his seven three-point attempts leading to the final play. Pullen used a pick and pulled up from behind the arc on the left wing, only to be swatted away by Taylor with time winding down.

Josh Gasser picked up the loose ball and drained two free throws to seal Wisconsin's trip to the Sweet 16, where it will face eighth-seeded Butler in the regional semifinals.

Jon Leuer received several stitches after taking a blow to the head in the first half and still led Wisconsin (25-8) with 19 points.

Pullen ended with 38 points on 13-of-22 shooting, including a 6-for-8 effort from long range, for the fifth-seeded Wildcats (23-11).

The Badgers will play last-year's national runner-up Butler on Thursday in New Orleans. Butler was an improbable 71-70 winner over Pittsburgh on two last-second free throws.

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