Moritz Wagner (12.1 points), who registered 21 points in a meeting with Wisconsin on February 16, poured in 17 on 6-for-7 shooting versus Minnesota after going 3-of-11 for 11 over his first two tournament games.
"We just got to make sure we refocus, adjust for this", Hayes said. He's banging home threes, leading MI out in transition and really helping the team buckle down on defense. "Those are tournament-like games we felt like, so we'll just use those and learn from the mistakes we made in these games and hopefully not making those mistakes when we're hopefully in the tournament".
MI scored the first six points of the second half to take a 39-32 lead on a basket by D.J. Wilson, who had 17 points. He's a really good player. In the meantime, Wisconsin relied on its bread and butter with Ethan Happ (14 points and 11 rebounds) finishing three looks at the rim and Bronson Koenig (15 points) drilling two three-pointers from distance, the last of which a pullup seconds before the buzzer sounded.
But RPI is not a holy grail, it's a reflection of the games played and results and the statistical variances are miniscule compared to the seed differences. "They take pride in what they do defensively, in how consistent and good they can be".
Wisconsin's road to the Final Four won't be easy.
Northwestern, much like IN the night before, didn't have an answer for Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ inside and then the Badgers were dialed IN from deep as they hit 12 3-pointers. He had a huge 3-pointer late in the shot clock with under six minutes to play.
They'll have to play far, far better than they did Friday night to make such a run.More news: ACC Bracketology: Miami Hurricanes Path in the ACC Tournament
"We overcame a lot", Walton said.
"My first couple shots were in and out".
The NCAA Tournament selection committee didn't wait for the actual games to begin to commence with March Madness.
The Badgers missed more lay-ups than any team deserves, hitting 6 of their first 24 shots in the second half and going the first eight minutes without a basket, complicated as the Wolverines continued to convert around 50% from the field. Wearing maize practice jerseys and blue shorts-their gear remained under the plane as part of an investigation-Michigan's focus and energy overwhelms the Illini. "These guys have been warhorses through it all".
"You get it based on your championships and how successful you are as a team, but that shouldn't take away anything from his successes as an individual", former Maryland star Steve Blake recently said.
"That was the best we've seen them all year", Trimble said.
The Badgers seek their second Big Ten title in three years. U-M has left it all out on the floor in its last two games, one of them going to overtime (74-70 win over Purdue) - the Badgers rested many of their starters for much of Saturday's beatdown. Thankfully, they were safe, but they also were shaken, having just experienced one of the scariest moments of their lives.