Greg Gard on Badgers’ last-second win vs. Xavier: “Last six minutes of the game a microcosm of our season”
ST. LOUIS — How sweet it is for the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team following their last-second win Sunday night, March 20th vs. No. 2 Xavier in the NCAA Tournament. Sweet — as in Sweet 16! The Badgers face Notre Dame Friday, March 25th, and the hope is that the Badgers will be the ones to advance to the Elite 8.
The Badgers made the Final Four in 2015 and 2014.
In 2015, the Badgers fell to Duke in the national championship game.
In 2014, the Badgers fell to Kentucky in the national semifinal game.
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This year, the Badgers have made it to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.
Bronson Koenig made the buzzer-beating three-point shot heard from St. Louis to his hometown of LaCrosse — a shot that will be talked about for years to come.
That completion gave Greg Gard’s young men a 66-63 victory over an Xavier Muskateers outfit that has Final Four talent.
After Sunday’s game, Xavier was headed home. Wisconsin continues dancing.
“That last six minutes of the game has kind of been a microcosm of our season. We were down nine with six to play in November and December and early January, and they refused to give in at that point and time. And for them it’s a good life lesson of understanding that you’re going to be faced with adverse situations in your life. And continue to work through them. Trust the people around you. Stick together. Don’t flinch in the moment, and trust the process as you’re going through. Extremely happy locker room last night. And I didn’t tear an ACL or anything when they were throwing me around after I jumped in the middle of their huddle,” Gard said.
Next up for the Badgers — Notre Dame on Friday night, March 25th in Philadelphia — a 6:27 p.m. tipoff.
And then, the winner of Indiana/North Carolina — and then, the Final Four.
But as Coach Gard says — one game at a time.