Mar 20, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT
Only a Wisconsin Badger player could shoot 2-16 from the floor and allow his primary defensive assignment to score a career high 38 points, yet still find a way to be the unofficial player of the game.
Yes that’s right. The Wisconsin Badgers pulled off a huge 70-65 victory over Kansas State, one that was earned with the collective effort of all its players. The act was tough to follow after that gobbeldygook ending to known as Butler – Pittsburgh. But if you’re a college basketball junkie you may have appreciated Kansas State – Wisconsin just as much, as both teams posted efficiency ratings above 118 and changed leads a handful of times.
That aforementioned unofficial player of the game, Jordan Taylor – despite getting fairly embarrassed for 38 by the newly anointed most prolific scorer in Kansas State history, Jacob Pullen – knocked down a momentum-shifting three late, and game up with the game ending block on Pullen to help secure victory for Bucky. Just like that, Taylor went from goat to hero.
Taylor accumulated a bevy of supporters this season after temporarily being left off the final Cousy Award ballot, only to be mysteriously added with no real official word. Some even went as far to call him the game’s best point guard, but tonight he struggled mightily on both ends of the floor, struggling mightily on offense and getting repeatedly dribbled around by Pullen, as the Wildcat senior capped off a bittersweet career in his final college basketball game.This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!
The victory was quintessential of the philosophy employed up in Madison. Never a program to chase McDonalds All-Americans or players anxious to jump into the NBA Draft, Wisconsin’s victory was attributable to all nine of its players that saw minutes tonight.
I’ve bashed the Badgers recently for being just an average program that’s masked by their near invincibility at the Kohl Center, but tonight’s win came in dramatic fashion, and there’s no doubt that this is as proud a program in America. One that is making me munch on a little bit of crow this evening.
Mar 31, 2015, 1:55 PM EDT
Teams that won the first meeting have won three of the four Final Four/title game rematches, with Duke (1990-91) being the lone exception.
Mar 31, 2015, 1:30 PM EDT
Mickey is the second player from LSU to declare this month.
Mar 31, 2015, 1:19 PM EDT
This is nasty.
Mar 31, 2015, 12:09 PM EDT
Bobby Knight would probably not approve of that.
Mar 31, 2015, 11:42 AM EDT
My advice: Hedge that bet, sir!
Mar 31, 2015, 10:01 AM EDT
Lewis will have some well known suitors this offseason.
Mar 31, 2015, 9:57 AM EDT
Barnes spent the last 17 seasons at Texas.
Mar 30, 2015, 11:10 PM EDT
UConn, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Maryland make up the 2015 women’s Final Four.
Mar 30, 2015, 11:00 PM EDT
Some great names highlight this list.
Mar 30, 2015, 10:24 PM EDT
Williams was the leading scorer and rebounder for the Tigers this season.
Mar 30, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT
Nebraska forward Walter Pitchford is giving up basketball for his senior season.
Mar 30, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT
Xavier is losing a reserve guard to transfer.
Mar 30, 2015, 8:05 PM EDT
Utah Valley has found its new head coach.
Mar 30, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
Chris Mullin will get a chance to restore glory at St. John’s.
Mar 30, 2015, 6:05 PM EDT
George Mason makes a move to hire a new head coach.
Mar 30, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT
Who were the best players in the second-weekend of the NCAA tournament?
Mar 30, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT
Cincinnati gets Mick Cronin back.
Mar 30, 2015, 3:40 PM EDT
Harrell and Rozier were both expected to head to the NBA.
Mar 30, 2015, 3:07 PM EDT
Izzo became the first coach to lead three teams seeded No. 5 or lower to the Final Four.
Mar 30, 2015, 2:41 PM EDT
Lee will be a priority target during the offseason.
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- 2015 NCAA Tournament All-Second Weekend Team 2
- While a major question remains unanswered, No. 4 North Carolina can be special in 2015-16 3
- Tournament darling R.J. Hunter is heading to the NBA 3
- Texas freshman Myles Turner declares for the NBA Draft 6
- The Final Four is set, and it’s going to be insane 24
- No. 7 Michigan State reaches the Final Four for the seventh time under Izzo 15
- Andrew Harrison’s late free throws send No. 1 Kentucky to the Final Four (88)
- Kentucky responds to Daxter Miles Jr.’s pregame comments (30)
- Updated tournament records: Big Ten teams make up half of Final Four (27)
- The Final Four is set, and it’s going to be insane (24)
- West Virginia freshman on Kentucky: ‘They’re going to be 36-1′ (21)