Does anybody nonetheless assume Wisconsin goes to complete close to the underside of the Big Ten this season?
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard discovered a terrific deal about his group in opposition to No. 3-ranked Kansas on Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Unranked UW, picked ninth in the Big Ten preseason ballot, trailed by 15 factors early in the second half and by eight late in regulation earlier than battling again to power extra time in opposition to the defending nationwide champion.
Wisconsin took its final lead of the sport on a basket by Tyler Wahl, however reserve guard Bobby Pettiford grabbed a free ball after a missed three-pointer and scored on the buzzer to offer the Jayhawks a shocking 69-68 victory.
Box rating: Kansas 69, Wisconsin 68 (OT)
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“We’re not into ethical victories,” Gard stated, “however this group confirmed me quite a bit right this moment. We additionally discovered we now have a whole lot of issues we are able to proceed to get higher at.
“And these are the varieties of experiences you need early in the 12 months. You clearly need completely different outcomes however the resolve and the grit and the willingness to maintain battling and are available again. … We simply want to have the ability to put bigger chunks of time collectively enjoying at a excessive degree.”
Kansas (6-0) prolonged its total successful streak to 17 video games, courting to final season when the Jayhawks gained the nationwide title.
“We weren’t the very best group right this moment,” Kansas coach Bill Self stated. “But we made some performs and allowed us to win.”
UW (4-1) performs in the third-place sport at midday Friday in opposition to USC. The Trojans (4-2) suffered a 73-66 extra time loss to No. 22 Tennessee in the second semifinal.
Wahl carried UW late in regulation and in extra time and completed with 23 factors and 10 rebounds. Connor Essegian hit 6 of 12 pictures and added 17 factors however failed to dam out Pettiford on the ultimate possession. Max Klesmit added 13 for UW.
Starters Chucky Hepburn (six factors) and Steven Crowl (4 factors) mixed to make simply 4 of 15 pictures.
Jalen Wilson scored 29 factors and grabbed 14 rebounds and Kevin McCullar added 18 factors for Kansas.
UW trailed by 13 factors at halftime, by 15 early in the second half and by eight with 3:38 left in regulation.
Gard’s group fought again and had probabilities to win on the finish of regulation and in extra time, however Kansas survived each occasions by grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring.
Zach Clemence rebounded his missed three-pointer and handed out to McCullar, who hit a tying three-pointer with 12 seconds left in regulation. Replays confirmed Clemence’s proper foot got here down out of bounds earlier than he handed the ball again out.
However, Hepburn may have corralled the free ball earlier than it went out of bounds after which missed a jumper on UW’s subsequent possession.
“We want to assemble up that final rebound,” Gard stated.
The Badgers failed to attain on their first 4 possessions in extra time, with three misses and a turnover.
Trailing, 65-63, UW referred to as a timeout with 2:03 left.
Wahl drove into the lane and missed however grabbed the rebound and scored and was fouled with 1:35 left. He made the free throw to offer UW a 66-65 lead.
Wilson was fouled with 1:15 left and made each free throws for a 67-66 lead.
Wahl missed a three-pointer, however he got here up with a steal and UW referred to as a timeout with 26 seconds left on the shot clock and 26.5 on the sport clock.
Wahl scored in the lane with 20 seconds left to offer UW the lead, 68-67.
Timeout Kansas with 16.3 seconds left.
“That’s the kind of participant he’s,” Gard stated of Wahl. “He is among the greatest gamers in our league and in the nation. …He got here again and made large performs for us down the stretch. We’re not in that place with two alternatives on the final possession to seize that one, if not for him.
“I assumed we had different guys on the ground who helped us battle again. He is part of that however different guys stepped up and created some power for us as properly.”
UW performed terrific protection on the ultimate possession and compelled a missed three-pointer by Clemence, however Wahl, with Wilson on his again, was unable to safe the rebound.
The ball deflected off Wahl’s arms and gave the impression to be headed out of bounds. However, Pettiford sprinted from past the three-point line on the left wing and sneaked inside Essegian beneath the basket. When the ball got here free, Pettiford grabbed it and scored on a reverse lay-in to beat the buzzer and crush UW.
The shot was the one one Pettiford took, in 19 minutes.
“Once he shot it,” he stated, “I simply ran full-speed, the ball fell into my arms and I simply flicked one thing up and it went in. … It was somewhat little bit of luck and talent on the similar time. “
For all of the Badgers did properly, together with rallying to power extra time, they allowed 11 second-chance factors on 14 offensive rebounds.
The Jayhawks obtained three factors on the rebound on the finish of regulation and the game-winning basket on the finish of extra time.
“The final play of regulation and extra time could have a highlight on them,” Gard stated, “however there’s so many performs inside 69 possessions, so many issues that if we may have finished higher right here or there we’d have had a distinct consequence. …
“A whole lot of issues we did properly defensively, however (additionally) issues as we glance by means of this tape and study from it (has) obtained to assist propel us ahead.”