Wisconsin Badgers Take On the Surging Florida Gators

Badgers top No. 1 Villanova Saturday March 18th

His mother, Talaya Davis, gave Hayes a hug and screamed loudly in his ear.

Wisconsin is graduating four seniors and Ferris may get a chance at more game minutes next season. The Badgers are making their fourth-consecutive trip to the Sweet Sixteen, the longest active streak in the nation.

Wisconsin, which was terribly underseeded as a No. 8, had knocked off the NCAA Tournament's No. 1 overall seed in Villanova, but had no answer for Florida guard KeVaughn Allen, who was the best player on the floor.

"I didn't expect that", Wisconsin redshirt sophomore forward and 2014 Rockridge graduate Ethan Happ said. I've seen everything else that there is to be seen. "I really like the way they've grown and developed".

After Wisconsin's win over Villanova, while Hayes' teammates were celebrating and congratulating each other, Hayes told them, "We nearly lost the game". Derrick Walton Jr. has been nothing less than spectacular to watch and the versatile play of their two bigs, D.J. Wilson and Mo Wagner have made this team a force to be reckoned with.

The Sweet 16 is established, and while there were some mild surprises, the overwhelming majority of trends we saw continued into this year's NCAA tournament. We don't want to change.

There is a lesson from that streak, though: The Gators are not to be taken lightly, and they're the most underappreciated team left in the bracket. Whether leading or trailing, the Badgers understand the importance of remaining even-keeled.

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"As far as taking down Villanova, they weren't the national champs, because the national champ hasn't won yet", Hayes said. "And my mother has always kind of pushed me to be that role model to use my voice, so I'm just doing what I think is right".

Well, it probably helps that Gard's team is playing Florida Friday night in the NCAA round of 16.

That being said, Wisconsin's experience will help propel the Badgers to a close victory over Florida.

This is one of many fun facts I uncovered while creating infographics for every Sweet 16 team.

"We stayed aggressive and made his catches hard and we knew that he likes to score in the paint and let his catches be extended outside, that way he got to take more than one dribble to score; he can't just turn and shoot over the top of you", Thornwell said. Wisconsin isn't a team known for their three point shooting prowess so look for them to continue to play inside out with both Hayes and Happ getting plenty of touches in the paint. But on Friday, he tore the Badgers apart, before going cold in overtime. Edd Konopka is originally from NY and would've loved to go see the team at Madison Square Garden.

SECOND-YEAR STANDARDS: White, who took over when Billy Donovan left for the National Basketball Association, has set a program record for victories in his first two seasons as Gators head coach with 46. The Gamecocks are 32nd in Division I in giving up 65.2 points per game. Guard Frank Mason III is averaging 21 points a game in the tourney.

Robinson set the tone by averaging 19 points (on 15-of-25 shooting) and nine rebounds in the tournament.

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