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Dancing on: Wisconsin defeats Baylor, punches ticket to the Elite 8

Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) drives to the basket on Thursday against Baylor in Anaheim, Calif. USA Today Sports photo

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Wisconsin junior center Frank Kaminsky had 19 points and a career-high six blocked shots, and the Badgers carved up the Baylor zone early en route to a 69-52 victory in the Sweet 16 at the Honda Center on Thursday night.

Wisconsin’s dominance was such that Kaminsky had as many field goals as Baylor (six) two minutes into the second half. The Badgers’ success pulled Baylor out of its 1-3-1 zone after that, but the Bears fell behind 39-20 with 16 minutes left and never threatened the rest of the way.

Wisconsin, 29-7 and seeded second in the West, will play in the regional final against the winner of top-seeded Arizona and No. 4 San Diego State.

Baylor, which rolled into the Sweet 16 after hitting 11 of 18 3-point shots against Creighton, never found rhythm against Wisconsin’s pack-line defense. The sixth-seeded Bears (26-12) struggled to get into the lane and made only 2 of 15 shots from behind the arc.

Kaminsky, a first-team All-Big Ten player, made 8 of 11 shots from the field. Badgers guard Ben Brust scored 14 points and hit 3 of 5 3-point shots to continue his hot shooting. He has made 11 of 20 from behind the arc in the NCAA Tournament. Forward Nigel Hayes came off the bench to post 10 points and six rebounds.

Forward Cory Jefferson scored a team-high 15 points for Baylor, which shot 31.6 percent from the field (18 of 57). Center Isaiah Austin and point guard Kenny Chery each added 12 points. Chery also had a team-high eight rebounds but only one assist.

Dayton 82, Stanford 72

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Dayton advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in 30 years with an 82-72 victory over Stanford on Thursday night in the NCAA South Regional semifinals at FedExForum.

The 11th-seeded Flyers (26-10) advance to play the winner of Thursday’s late game between top-seeded Florida and fourth-seeded UCLA for passage to the Final Four.

Guard Jordan Sibert led Dayton with 18 points, as he shot 4-for-9 from 3-point range. Forward Kendall Pollard scored 12 points off the bench for the Flyers, forward Devin Oliver had 12 points and seven rebounds, and center Matt Kavanaugh finished with 10 points.

Tenth-seeded Stanford (23-13) got 21 points from guard Chasson Randle, and 17 points and nine rebounds from forward Dwight Powell. Center Stefan Nastic had 15 points for the Cardinal but fouled out with 5:04 left in the game. It was his ninth disqualification of the season. Stanford forward Josh Huestis added 13 points and eight rebounds.

Stanford pulled within 47-43 with 15:53 to go on a Powell layup as the Cardinal made a 7-0 run to cut into the Flyers’ lead. However, that was close as Stanford could get, and Dayton’s advantage never dropped below 10 points in the last five minutes of the game.

Dayton shot 48.3 percent (28-for-58), and Stanford shot 37.9 percent (22-for-58). The Cardinal finished with 10 assists and 12 turnovers.

Dayton led 42-32 at halftime, compiling 13 assists and four steals while committing just two turnovers through the first 20 minutes.

An 8-0 run allowed the Flyers to stretch the lead to 34-23. Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins picked up a technical at the end of the run, but it only cost the Cardinal a point as Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre split two free throws and Dayton didn’t score on the ensuing possession.

The Flyers led by as many as 13 points in the half, as a 3-pointer from guard Jordan Sibert made the score 42-29. Sibert and Pollard each had eight first-half points for Dayton.

Stanford had more turnovers (five) than assists (four) in the first half and shot just 33.3 percent. Nastic picked up his third foul in the first half. Randle and Huestis each scored eight first-half points, and Huestis had three blocks before the break.

The Flyers had a 17-16 edge in rebounds at halftime, and Dayton scored the only nine fast-break points of the half