Every Wisconsin player watched Baylor pummel Creighton on Sunday night. Frank Kaminsky didn't want any interruptions.
"Personally I watched it in the locker room kinda by myself cause I just wanted to sit there and watch the game, no distractions. What they like to do on offense, the things that they're doing on defense just trying to take in everything,” Kaminsky explained.
Kaminsky will match up against Baylor Center Isaiah Austin. The 7'1" sophomore is the tallest guy on the court and averages 15 points a game.
“He's one of the longest players that we'll play against, his arms are just probably have what like an 8-foot wingspan or something like that, but yeah he's a good player he's a good defensive player, has those long arms and he moves well. On offense he's able to get a bunch of stuff cause of his height, hopefully we can neutralize that.”
Senior Guard Brady Heslip averages 14.5 points per game and is deadly from three-point land. He was 5-of-7 from deep against Creighton.
"He's got 117 threes on the year, I got what like 228 in 3 years? So that's a lot of numbers right there. He's got me beat in two years so he can fill it up, just gotta make sure we make him take some tough ones and try and make him put it on the floor,” Ben Brust weighed in.
The team earned the right to essentially play in front of a home crowd in Milwaukee in the second and third round. There obviously won't be that kind of following across the country in Anaheim, but the players are expecting some Badger-Red.
“You think we can get 95% of the audience out in Anaheim? You don't think so huh? I spoke to the alumni group out there years ago and there's quite a few,” Bo Ryan said.
"Wisconsin fans are pretty passionate about what they do, football, our fans follow them everywhere, Packers fans follow them everywhere even Brewers and so when you have traditions like that and fans like that so loyal to their teams you can expect a good drawing,” Sam Dekker explained.
Whether they have fans in the stands or not, collegiate players should personally find a way to “get up" for the game.
"This is March and if you're not ready to play something's wrong with you at this point in the game so just gotta bring it and get ready to go,” said Brust.