Nigel Hayes missed all five 3-point attempts and hit just 2 of 10 shots overall against Xavier. He enters the Notre Dame game 0 of 17 from 3-point range and 7 of 42 overall in the last three games. That is why Hayes spent about two hours Monday, an off-day for the players, working on 3-pointers.
Ethan Happ has aced his first two NCAA Tournament exams.
UW's defense has arrived, at least in NCAA Tournament victories over Pittsburgh and Xavier. As a result, the seventh-seeded Badgers (22-12) face sixth-seeded Notre Dame (23-11) at 6:27 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Center in the East Regional semifinals.
Wisconsin's top player is stuck in a three-game offensive slump
This week on the show: Eric and John discuss how far Wisconsin can advance after making the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years.
The Badgers, perfect in their last five games decided by six points or fewer, play a Notre Dame team at 6:27 p.m. Friday that is 10-4 this season in such games.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard never lost confidence in Bronson Koenig, even when he struggled in the Big Ten Tournament and failed to hit a 3-pointer in an NCAA Tournament win over Pittsburgh. Gard proved just how much he believed in him Sunday night.
Under newly minted coach Greg Gard, the seventh-seeded Badgers pounded their way past Pittsburgh in a 47-43 first-round game that lacked any pretense of prettiness, and second-seeded Xavier relied on bruising big men James Farr and Jalen Reynolds while stomping on Weber State on Friday night.
The University of Wisconsin has fired men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves who led the Badgers program for 14 seasons.
Ethan Happ had 15 points and nine rebounds, none bigger than one he pulled down in the closing seconds, as seventh-seeded Wisconsin beat No. 10 seed Pittsburgh 47-43 in the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.