JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Slow and plodding early, fast and frantic late. No matter the tempo, Wisconsin stayed poised against pesky Wofford.
And in the end, the Badgers did exactly what they do best - play defense.
Jon Leuer followed a huge jump shot with an even more critical steal, and the fourth-seeded Badgers eked out an ugly 53-49 win over the 13th-seeded Terriers in the first round of the East Regional.
Leuer totaled 20 points, including two free throws with 4.2 seconds left that sealed the victory, sending the Badgers into the second round for the fourth straight year. They will play No. 12 seed Cornell on Sunday.
"He's been huge for us all year, and everybody knows that," teammate Keaton Nankivil said of Leuer.
Trevon Hughes added 19 points for Wisconsin (24-8), including 12 of the team's first 21.
The Terriers (26-8) hit their first eight shots to start the second half and took a 38-37 lead but had trouble hitting their shots late and missed two key free throws in the final minutes.
"It's a tough one to swallow," said Noah Dahlman, the Terriers' leading scorer who was held to 10 points. "It's why it's a great tournament. Everybody has a shot. We had our shot."