SPOKANE, Washington (Ticker) -- Fifth-seeded Wisconsin can take a step that is familiar only to senior Kirk Penney on Saturday when it meets No. 13 Marquette in the second round of the Midwest Region.
Wisconsin (23-7) last won two games in the NCAA Tournament when it reached the Final Four in 2000. Penney, a senior guard from New Zealand, was a freshman on that team. He is the lone senior on the team.
Penney scored 21 points as the Badgers surprisingly ran out to a big lead on Thursday and claimed an 81-74 victory over Weber State. Wisconsin made 11 of its first 14 shots and built a huge lead in avenging a loss to the Wildcats last season.
Mike Wilkinson had 15 points and Devin Harris added 14 for Wisconsin, which had its best offensive showing since an 86-55 rout of Penn State on February 1. The Badgers led by as many as 17 points.
The Badgers made 6-of-16 from beyond the arc for 37.5 shooting, just a shade below what virtually guarantees victory this year. Wisconsin is 8-0 when it shoots 40 percent or better from beyond the arc.
Tulsa (23-9) won its eighth straight with an 84-71 victory over Dayton on Thursday. The Golden Hurricane are the lowest remaining seed in the tournament.
Jason Parker made 10-of-13 shots for 24 points and Dante Swanson also scored 24 for Tulsa. Swanson is averaging 19.4 points in his last five games.
The Golden Hurricane shot a sizzling 58 percent (33-of-57) and Parker and Swanson each made 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
This is the first meeting between the teams. The winner faces Kentucky or Utah in Minneapolis on Thursday.