Wisconsin routs Baylor 69-52 to reach Elite 8
By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer March 27, 2014 9:06PM
Wisconsin guard Ben Brust (1) reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament regional semifinal against Baylor, Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Frank Kaminsky scored 19 points and blocked six shots, and Wisconsin romped into the West Regional final with a dominant 69-52 victory over Baylor on Thursday night.
Ben Brust hit three 3-pointers and scored 14 points for the second-seeded Badgers (29-7), who jumped to a 14-point lead in the first half and never let up on the overmatched Bears (26-12).
The 7-foot Kaminsky and his disciplined teammates shredded the Baylor zone defense that played so well in the first two games. Wisconsin also methodically shut down Baylor’s talented offense while moving into its second regional final in 13 years under Bo Ryan, who has never reached a Final Four in a 700-win coaching career.
Cory Jefferson scored 15 points for the sixth-seeded Bears, who did little with their third Sweet 16 trip in five years.