While much of the world was gripped by Texas A&M’s 12-point comeback in the final 33 seconds to force overtime against Northern Iowa, No. 2 seed Xavier and No. 7 seed Wisconsin were playing one of the best games of the night, and this one finished in regulation with a buzzer-beater.
With time running out and the game tied, Bronson Koenig asked for the ball in the corner and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Badgers a 66-63 victory.
“It was exactly how we wanted [it],” Greg Gard told CBS Sports’ Dana Jacobson. “It was either Nigel [Hayes] at the wing or Bronson [Koenig] in the corner. We worked on it a few times in practice and always better when the ball goes in.”
Koenig said after the game that he “channeled his inner Steph Curry” to drop the 3-pointer at the buzzer, his sixth made shot from long range. It completed a 15-4 run to close the game for Wisconsin and gave Koenig 20 points to go with seven rebounds and a pair of assists to lead the Badgers.
Wisconsin is now going back to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six seasons and for the first time under Gard.
KOENIG SENDS WISCONSIN TO THE #SWEET16!!!! https://t.co/6MnfXu2T0D
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