SWEET 16: No. 8 Wisconsin vs No. 4 Florida

Jessi Schoville, Staff Writer
Badger Blitz

Matchup

No. 8 seeded Wisconsin (27-9 overall, 12-6 Big Ten) vs. No. 4 seeded Florida (26-8 overall, 14-4 SEC)

When & Where

Friday, Mar. 24 | 8:59 p.m. CST | Madison Square Garden

Broadcast

TV – TBS

Radio – 101.5 FM | 1310 AM | Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas

Streaming – Watch TBS or NCAA.com

At a Glance

The No. 8 seeded Wisconsin Badgers have advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season and will take on the efficient No. 4 seeded Florida Gators for the right to move on to this year's Elite Eight. The Badgers are coming off of one of their most notable wins of the season versus top-ranked Villanova, but the competition isn’t turning down as Wisconsin will now face another stiff test versus the Gators and their tenacious defense. The advancing team will play the winner of Baylor/South Carolina for the opportunity to appear in the Final Four.

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Dan Sanger

No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers

Head Coach

Greg Gard: 42–17 (.712)

Last Time Out

The Wisconsin Badgers won a hard-fought contest versus No. 1 Villanova, 65-62, in the Round of 32. Nigel Hayes shined brightest when Wisconsin needed him most, dropping 19 points, including a clutch layup that gave the Badgers a two-point lead with just over 11 seconds left on the clock. Despite some first half foul trouble, Bronson Koenig added 17 points of his own on UW’s way to knocking off the defending national champs and moving on to Madison Square Garden.

Bronson Koenig – 17 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal

Nigel Hayes – 19 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

Ethan Happ – 12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals

Quick Facts

- The Badgers are the No. 21 most efficient team in the nation according to Kenpom.com.

- Wisconsin has won more NCAA Tournament games (13) in the past four years than any other team in the nation.

- UW is the only school in the nation to have won a New Year’s 6 bowl on the gridiron, in addition to reaching the Sweet 16 on the hardwood.

Wisconsin Badgers' Game Roster

No.

Name

Year

Position

10

Nigel Hayes

Sr.

F

22

Ethan Happ

R-So.

F

24

Bronson Koenig

Sr.

G

03

Zak Showalter

R-Sr.

G

30

Vitto Brown

Sr.

F

00

D'Mitrik Trice

Fr.

G

11

Jordan Hill

R-Jr.

G

15

Charlie Thomas IV

So.

F

21

Khalil Iverson

So.

G/F

25

Alex Illikainen

So.

F

01

Brevin Britzl

Fr.

G

*Bolded players are predicted starters*

No. 4 Florida Gators

Head Coach

Mike White: 47-23 (.671)

Last Time Out

The defensive-minded Gators executed to near perfection holding Virginia to only 17 points in the first half and 22 in the second as Florida decimated the Cavaliers, 65-39. UF was led by Devin Robinson, who recorded a double-double - the fifth of his career – with 14 points and 11 rebounds. But the real star of the game was still the relentless Gator defense, which held Virginia scoreless for almost an eight-minute period spanning from the first half to the second half, allowing Florida to build-up a 23-point lead in the meantime.

Quick Facts

- The Gators are the No. 4 most efficient team in the nation according to Kenpom.com.

- Coach Mike White’s father is currently the Director of Athletics at Duke University.

- Florida only allows 88.5 points per 100 possessions, which is the third best mark in the nation.

Florida Gators' Game Roster

No.

Name

Year

Position

13

Kevarrius Hayes

So.

F

23

Justin Leon

Sr.

F

01

Devin Robinson

Jr.

F

05

KeVaughn Allen

So.

G

00

Kasey Hill

Jr.

G

25

Keith Stone

Fr.

F

12

Gorjok Gak

Fr.

F

24

Canyon Barry

Sr.

G

11

Chris Chiozza

Jr.

G

*Bolded players are predicted starters*

BadgerBlitz Game Prediction

Florida – 68

Wisconsin – 65

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