Cornell Shocks Wisconsin, Gains Sweet 16

Big Red will face Kentucky; Ohio State outlasts Ga. Tech
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 21, 2010 4:34 PM CDT
Cornell Shocks Wisconsin, Gains Sweet 16
Cornell fans are seen before an NCAA second-round college basketball game against Wisconsin in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, March 21, 2010.    (Steve Helber)

Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24, and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, today in Jacksonville, becoming the first Ivy League team since Penn in 1979 to advance to the round of 16.The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional semifinal Thursday in Syracuse, about an hour from Cornell's Ithaca campus.

The Big Red controlled things from the opening tip, picking apart Wisconsin's vaunted defense the same way it controlled Temple in the opening round. Cornell had a 12-point lead early, a 20-point lead late, and very few moments of concern in between. The game was so unsuspenseful the CBS switched to Michigan State's 85-83 victory over Maryland, which Korie Lucious sewed up with a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Spartans will face tourney Cinderella Northern Iowa, which eliminated overall No. 1 seed Kansas yesterday.
(More NCAA tournament stories.)

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