Wisconsin 78-74, 63-54; Indiana 73-56, 69-67
A first-round upset loss to Murray State will only make these surprising Buckeyes better next season.
13 Murray State
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Forward Isaac Spencer, a 6'6" junior, reminds Racers coach Tevester Anderson of an undersized power forward whom Anderson coached while he was an assistant at Auburn. "Spencer's a fierce competitor like Barkley was," Anderson says. "He even talks like Charles." Spencer rebounds like him, too, averaging 7.2 a game to go along with 16.3 points, both team highs.
Murray State's tallest player is 6'9", yet the team consistently outrebounded opponents this season. "If you're smaller, you have to jump quicker," Anderson says. The aptly named Racers—especially junior guards Aubrey Reese and Marlon Towns—do just about everything quicker than most. Murray State is a poor shooting team, but it scores well in Anderson's excellent zone offense. Thus, despite the Racers' quickness, foes are better off sticking with man-to-man.
Coach Tevester Anderson
Team scoring 79.1 (FG%: 47.5) (3-pointers: 183-526, 34.8%)
Opponent scoring 67.0 (FG%: 41.1)
Rebound margin +7.5
Team FT% 68.1
Whom not to foul
Aubrey Reese (73%), Rod Murray (73%)
Whom to foul
Marvin Gay (52%), Ray Cunningham (55%)
At Oklahoma 68-64