The Syracuse Orange advanced to the Elite Eight of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 64-63 win over the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday night. The Badgers were down six points at half, but took a lead 59-56 lead with 7:05 to play after making 3-pointers on six straight possessions.
Neither team took more than a 3-point lead after that point. Syracuse took a 64-61 lead on a pair of Scoop Jardine free throws but Josh Gasser pulled the Badgers back within one with 30 seconds to play on a pair of free throws of his own. Forced to the line, Kris Joseph missed the front end of a one-and-one giving the Badgers a chance to win on the game's last possession. Jordan Taylor's 3-point attempt was well off, however, and Gasser couldn't hit the quick turnaround.
Taylor and Jared Berggren led the Badgers with 17 points apiece. The team shot 42.9 percent from the field, and 51.9 percent on 27 3-point attempts. Wisconsin couldn't keep up with the athleticism of the Orange, however. C.J. Fair had 15 points and seven rebounds to lead Syracuse.