The Wisconsin Badgers (4-0) find a way to take down the Dayton Flyers (3-2), 43-42, from inside Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort in Nassau, Bahamas in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals.
Dayton will likely be a NCAA Tournament team and Wisconsin’s “Big 3” (Wahl, Hepburn, Crowl) went a combined 5-for-29 from the field. So this is a massive win for the Badgers. This game will look nice on the NCAA Tournament resume.
A lot of people that don’t know what they’re talking about will look at the box score and think it was a boring game because all they want to see is offense and no defense. This was a hell of a game and both defenses played outstanding.
Gritty beats pretty every damn time. Max Klesmit had a big time rejection in crunch time with 2 seconds left.
Connor Essegian led UW with 13 points off the bench. Steven Crowl finished with nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.
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Tyler Wahl finished with just three points on 1-of-8 from the field, but down the stretch he made some tough nosed plays that you don’t see in the box score that helped the Badgers.
Wisconsin leading 43-42 with 31.4 seconds left, and Dayton with possession, needed to turn to their calling card as a program for the last 20-plus years, defense. The Badgers played phenomenal defense with the game on the line. After two Dayton timeouts and a Max Klesmit rejection, UW forced a shot clock violation.
Greg Gard postgame said: “We knew it was going to be a battle. Proud of our guys for just continuing to find a way.”
Wisconsin is now 2-0 all-time against Dayton. The previous meeting was all the way back in 1961.
The Badgers will play the No. 3 Kansas Jayhawks (5-0) tomorrow, November 24th in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. Tipoff is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (Central Time) and will be nationally televised on ESPN.
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