And as he's shown in his past three, Hayes is still getting better.
Maillet adds that Wisconsin looked strong early in the Big Ten tournament, but were less impressive in the championship game. "He's doing a great job of continuing to learn". Lately, though, he's been a model of consistency. He had his first double-double of the season Thursday, and it was just his second double-digit scoring performance over his last nine games. Combine his three-game averages - 16 points and 10.3 rebounds per game - with his passing, defense and intensity and you have a versatile player who is giving his team exactly what it needs as his college career winds down.
Koenig made a school-record eight 3-pointers versus Virginia Tech and is shooting almost 58 percent from beyond the arc over his last six games.
Back to what I said about nobody having a patent on late-game execution/luck.
Purdue All-American Caleb Swanigan scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to secure his NCAA-best 27th double-double of the year.
Maillet seems to think that the fact Marquette is playing the Gamecocks in SC shouldn't have too big of an impact on the game and its results.
The first day of the NCAA Tournament didn't have a Cinderella feel to it.
Gonzaga players celebrate after defeating Saint Mary's in the championship game of the West Coast Conference tournament on March 7, 2017. Too content to stand on the perimeter and launch 3s early in the season, he is now playing to his greatest strength, which is that there's nothing he can't do on a basketball floor. "In that, he can score on there but he passes extremely well out of there", Wright said. "When he first came in, he's kind of a rugged, aggressive, energy guy".
"Odds are, no matter who we played, unless it was Northwestern, we were going to have more newbies", Williams said.
Gonzaga moves on to play Northwestern, which defeated Vanderbilt in its First Round game on Thursday.
"We wanted to get me isolated on the wing", Hayes said.
"You can definitely say I was looking for my shot", Koenig said. "I saw that at a young age and I want to make sure I do everything in my power to not let that happen".
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team's first NCAA tournament game in a decade didn't have the fairytale ending that it hoped for.
Marquette (19-13) gave fans some serious worries in the opening half, going up by 10 points. He was 8-for-9 from the free throw line. The wildcard here is that the Badgers have three extremely talented stars and at times have looked like one of the nation's top teams, showing they have the potential for a massive upset. "I think in that Seton Hall game, our defense saved us".
Wisconsin: With Koenig, Hayes and junior Happ, the Badgers have the necessary know how and talent to make another deep run. "I think when you have that experience, you're able to relax a little more and you can go out and break school records". "We had some swelling on Sunday and Monday and it's come down a lot".