MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin point guard Bronson Koenig said his team is thinking a lot about the legacy they want to leave these days.
And Koenig believes one of the team’s goals to add to that legacy would be to get to another Final Four.
UW will get that chance if they win their next two games in the East Regional.
“We’ve talked about the legacy we want to leave and everything like that,” said Koenig. “I think we’ve accomplished so much already. But getting to a Final Four is just one our goals that we were talking about since after last season so it would be a really cool thing if we could do that.”
To get to another Final Four, the eighth-seeded Badgers would have to beat fourth-seeded Florida on Friday in Madison Square Garden in New York, and then beat either Baylor or South Carolina in the regional final Sunday.
Florida will provide a great challenge. The Gators beat Virginia 65-39 in Orlando last Saturday. The Gators scored 65 against Tony Bennett’s Virginia team that was the #1defense in the country, allowing just 56 points a game. So don’t think that just because Duke is out of the Badgers side of the bracket, that beating Florida is going to be easy.
“Really good players that are coached really well, a lot of athleticism across the board, a lot of length,” said UW head coach Greg Gard. “It’s obvious, you’ve gotta be a really good team to be surviving- it’s not by accident that they’re here- they’re playing well and they’ve had a really good year.”
It’s going to be a late start Friday, almost 9 p.m. Madison time. Friday’s game is on TBS and will be called by Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel and Allie Laforce, the same crew UW had in Buffalo.