There might not be a more successful class in Wisconsin basketball history than the current group of Badgers seniors.
With the shocking upset of top-seeded Villanova on Saturday in the NCAA Tournament, the group of Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes and Vitto Brown are headed to their fourth Sweet Sixteen in their four seasons at Wisconsin. The other senior, Zak Showalter, redshirted the 2013-14 season when the Badgers went to the Final Four for the first time since 2000.
The three were central to Wisconsin getting past the second round this season, too. Against the Wildcats, Hayes made the game-winning, Michael Jordan-inspired layup in the closing seconds, Koenig nailed several key 3-pointers despite playing the final minutes with 4 fouls, and Brown made the game-clinching strip of Josh Hart with 4 seconds to play.
Heck, Brown even literally sang “One Shining Moment” before the game.
In all, the trio combined for 46 of Wisconsin’s 65 points.
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All told, here is the résumé of the three players in their time in Madison: 4 NCAA Tournaments, 4 Sweet 16s, 2 Final Fours, a 13-3 tournament record, 2 wins against the NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed, and a 115-34 overall record. That’s despite an abrupt coaching change during their junior year. Not bad. Not bad at all.
#Badgers 4 straight Sweet 16s ties the all-time Big Ten record:
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