WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. –North Carolina’s No.8 season ended Friday night as it fell to No.9 Wisconsin, 85-62.
The Badgers played the kind of game they wanted, controlling the pace and knocking down three-pointers. They also relied on their experienced guards – D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison – to lead the way.
Davison finished with a season record 29 on 10 of 15 shots. He was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc, which tied his season high. Trice added 21 points on 8 of 15 shots with three three points. He also had five rebounds and three assists. Davison and Trice were the only two double-digit Badgers. As a team, Wisconsin shot 50.8% from the floor and 48.1% from 3, making 10 of their last 16 treys.
For UNC, he couldn’t use his strengths indoors in the first half. His great quartet of Armando Bacot, Garrison Brooks, Walker Kessler and Day’Ron Sharpe was 2 of 11 in the first half with five points. Bacot was extremely aggressive coming out of the gates in the second half and finished with 15 points, all from the second half, on 6 of 9 shots after taking a shot in the first half.
It wasn’t Brooks’ best night from the floor as he shot 4 of 12, but he finished with 10 points and led the team with 10 rebounds. Love also struggled with shooting, going 4 of 13 with 10 points. The Badgers forced the Tar Heels to make a lot of tough shots and even when the UNC found an attacking rhythm they couldn’t get any defensive saves.
The first-round loss is the first in the career of UNC head coach Roy Williams. Watch and read everything the Hall of Fame head coach said after the loss: