Florida Stuns Wisconsin With Wild, Buzzer-Beating 3-Pointer In Overtime
Mar 25 2017 by Alex Thomas
Things weren't all bad the whole game, though. That was the Badgers' last lead until the very end, as the Gators scored the next nine, kicked off by Allen's three.
Senior forward Nigel Hayes, who had 19 points and eight rebounds against Villanova, claims the Badgers didn't have any extra chip on their shoulder against the Wildcats. The incident led to Hayes and Hill taking a step back during the national anthem two weeks later, another protest supported by their coach.
He clearly got his players' attention, convincing them it would take every ounce of effort to prove their critics wrong. However the Badgers have a much better ability to score than Virginia does, but there are comparisons that could make a bit of a struggle for Wisconsin if they are able to play in transition. The Tar Heels never let their lead get under double digits in the second half.
The Gators are 27-8. Arizona shot 59 percent in the second half of a second-round win against St. Mary's after a sluggish first half. After leading 34-32 at the break, Florida went on an 11-7 run on just five possessions, and extended their lead to 45-39.
With just more than four minutes remaining in regulation, Florida seemed headed for an easy victory. They proved those wins were no flukes Friday. Also, Koenig hit a couple tough shots as well.
Wisconsin would chip away, though, cutting the deficit to three with just 6.5 seconds left.
After two incredible stops, the Badgers would tie it at 72. Behind Bronson Koenig and a late three-point shot from Zak Showalter, the Badgers forced the game to overtime.
Badgers everywhere were elated. "We can use that as entertainment".
By eliminating defending champion Villanova in the second round, Wisconsin is in the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season and sixth time in seven years. If you haven't watched the Gators over the past few years, you'll probably take note of Barry's underhanded style of shooting free throws.
We diehard fans of the old American Basketball Association are quick to point out that our favorite league is responsible for the rule that revolutionized the game (the early 1960s American Basketball League pioneered it, but the ABA made it popular). With so many guys making significant contributions, it's hard to name an early front-runner for this honor, should Florida win three more games. A team with three returnees who were on the court past year for Villanova's title-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer is also eager to get back to the Final Four. Both teams control tempo, play efficient offense and lock down on defense. Entering the Sweet 16, it's still the last time anybody has defeated the Wildcats.
A 13-4 Bulldog run made a dent in the advantage as Martin had seven in the stretch with Avery Woodson connecting on a 3-pointer.
As a tactic and a fixture, it is not going to wither any time soon.
"It's always beneficial because especially when you are talking about Florida, despite the fact that you can look and you can see that they've been one of the most successful programs in the country, in the 2000s, they're always thought of as a football school, right", Bossi said.