No. 12 James Madison makes Spherical of 32 for first time in 41 years after upsetting No. 5 Wisconsin

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It would not be March Insanity with out a 12-seed beating a No. 5, proper?

Coming into Friday evening, the 2 different five-seeds (Gonzaga and San Diego State) have been victorious within the first spherical, which apparently meant regression was due.

However at Barclays Middle, it was James Madison overtaking the fifth-seeded Badgers, 72-61, within the third 5-12 matchup of the match.

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Terrence Edwards Jr. #5 and Michael Inexperienced III #13 of the James Madison Dukes react in the course of the first half towards the Wisconsin Badgers within the first spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event at Barclays Middle on March 22, 2024 in New York Metropolis.  (Elsa/Getty Photographs)

James Madison opened up the sport with an 18-5 run, however Wisconsin responded with an 11-3 run of their very own to chop the deficit to 5. However the Dukes answered proper again with their very own 12-0 run to go up 17, their largest of the primary 20 minutes.

The Badgers have been capable of reduce it to inside eight early within the second half, however that was as shut as they’d get for a while, ultimately getting it down to 6 with just below 9 minutes left. However JMU answered with a Noah Friedel three that began an 11-3 run to go up 14 with 5:24 to go.

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James Madison Dukes guard Noah Freidel (1) reacts towards the Wisconsin Badgers within the first spherical of the 2024 NCAA Event on the Barclays Middle.   (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports activities)

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Wisconsin received it again all the way down to 9, however the Dukes shortly received it again as much as 14, and there wasn’t sufficient time for Wisconsin to tug out a miracle.

That is James Madison’s first time in March Insanity for the reason that 2013 match, after they have been a 16-seed – this marks their first time within the Spherical of 32 since 1983.

4 Dukes put up double-digits (Terrence Edwards Jr. with 14, T.J. Bickerstaff and Julien Picket every with 12, and Michael Inexperienced III with 11 off the bench), whereas two others (Friedel and Raekwon Horton) every had eight. 

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Xavier Brown #0 of the James Madison Dukes huddles with teammates previous to a recreation towards the Wisconsin Badgers within the first spherical of the NCAA Males’s Basketball Event at Barclays Middle on March 22, 2024 in New York Metropolis.  (Elsa/Getty Photographs)

They may face No. 5 Duke on Sunday in Brooklyn for an opportunity at their first Candy 16 journey in class historical past after the Blue Devils held off a feisty No. 13 Vermont squad – and a crowd that closely favored the Catamounts.

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