Lessons learned from Badgers' previous sweet sixteen experience

MADISON, Wis. - The Badgers senior class has a lot on their resume. Two trips to the Final Four, a Big Ten title, and four straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen. As the Badgers prepare for their next match-up against Florida, it's the last trip to the Sweet Sixteen that offers a bitter reminder of how quick it can end.

"Yeah I think taking care of the ball is one thing we've addressed. Just taking care of the little things and not putting ourselves in that position. We had a chance to win it last year down the stretch and collectively we just didn't do enough to get the job done. This group of seniors, just making sure we're leading and taking care of those minute details because those are the things that matter at the end of games when you got to close teams out," said Zak Showalter.

"We should've won. It was a situation we'd been in many times. earlier in the year we handled it well, shoot free throws, just drag the game out another 10 minutes and we win. I made a mistake turning the ball over so that's something that we have to be better at. We almost made that same mistake against Villanova, but fortunately we were able to get a free throw missed by them and were able to make a play at the other end. It's something we're going to have to make sure we shore up with a team like Florida who feeds off of turnovers and their defensive pressure," said Nigel Hayes.


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