NEW ORLEANS—Wisconsin's methodical offense looked shaken Thursday night, and it cost them as Butler held off a furious late rally.
Wisconsin entered its matchup against Butler averaging the fewest amounts of turnovers per game, but that mistake-free play was missing against the Bulldogs.
NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 Thursday night in New Orleans Arena.
After scoring a combined 142 points in the first two rounds of the tournament that resulted in victories over Belmont and Kansas State, Wisconsin's offense looked more like the one that put up just 33 against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament.
Wisconsin missed 13 consecutive shots and went scoreless for almost nine minutes from the last 2 minutes 50 seconds of the first half into the first 5:57 of the second half.
This stretch was just part of the Badgers' terrible shooting performance.
Wisconsin's previous worst came in the loss against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten tournament. However, that offensive struggle was topped with a team shooting percentage of 30.4, 24.1 on 3-pointers.
Badgers leading scorer Jon Leuer, who came into the game averaging 18.7 points per game, didn't help his team's cause. He finished the game with just three points on a miserable 1 of 12 from the field. It marked the first time this season he has been held to single digits.
Leuer came into the game averaging 20.5 points per game in his first two games of the tournament.
However, he wasn't the only one to struggle offensively for the Badgers.
Guard Josh Gasser scored just six points and while Jordan Taylor finished with 22, most were in the final flurry that fell short.
Wisconsin's eight first-half turnovers and a quick five-point run to close the half helped allow the Bulldogs to build a nine point lead as they headed into the locker room.
All of that paired with 34.8 percent shooting in the first half from the Badgers left Butler with all of the momentum. And it didn't change until too late in the second half.
The Bulldogs began the second half on a 9-0 run ignited by guard Shelvin Mack, with scored five of his 13 points during the stretch.
Other than an early 5-1 Wisconsin lead to start the game it never was much of a contest as Butler led for most of the game. The Bulldogs shot 42.2 percent from the field and had three players score double-figure points.
Forward Matt Howard led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season.
Thursday's loss marks the end of Wisconsin's season. However, Butler moves on to meet Florida on Saturday in the Elite Eight.