The Badgers have been trying to climb out of a slump for about a month now and today may have been the turning point with a dramatic, last second win over Big Ten leaders Michigan State. Traevon Jackson was the hero in Madison Sunday afternoon. Bo Ryan wanted the ball in his hand with 8 seconds to play and he delivered the game-winner.
"I've watched two years worth of Jackson making game-winning shots so I put my best defender on him and give the guy credit he made another one," Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo said.
"That's what they expected out of me is just to finish the game and I was just thinking we need to get a shot up. I didn't want to take it to the hole, didn't want to get blocked so the pull up was there and blessed to be able to make it go in," Traevon Jackson took us thru the game-winning play.
He's the guy that's earned that spot and he proved it last year with some big plays. In a last second situation, if it starts in his hands I feel very confident we're going to get something," Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan explained.
With the win, the Badgers avoided a record they didn't want to be associated with: A 4-game home losing streak would have been their longest in 27 years.
"We pride ourselves in protecting home turf and we weren't able to do that for three games and it was a pretty sour taste I was talking after the game to one of the guys on our staff and he said we couldn't afford to drop another one here. Especially the fans that support you year round and come 17,000 strong every night since I've been here, you take a lot of pride in playing in front of them and you want to go out and perform as well as you can for them. So this is big to get back in the winning ways and get that little mojo back in the Kohl Center," Sophomore Sam Dekker said.
After a program best 16-0 start, the Badgers dropped five of their next 7 games. Beating a top-ten team Sunday is a step in the right direction.
"They've got a hell of a team and they went thru their tough time, that's what happens in this league, everybody's going to go thru some tough times... Just cause they lost a couple of home games and that's un-american in the cheesehead state, don't kid yourself, they're a very good team," Izzo commented.