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23 Reasons The Wisconsin Badgers Still Won The NCAA Tournament

U-rah-rah Wisconsin! Praise to thee we sing!

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1. Because the Badgers were already champions before the tournament started.

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A regular season school record for wins. Big Ten champions. Big Ten Tournament Champions. It was already one of the greatest seasons in UW history.


4. Because only one win into the tournament, sophomore forward Nigel Hayes noticed the press stenographer. And then he tested her spelling.

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"Well, the wonderful young lady over there, I think her job title is a stenographer, yes, OK. And she does an amazing job of typing words, sometimes if words are not in her dictionary, maybe if I say soliloquy right now, she may have to work a little bit harder to type that word, or quandary, zephyr, xylophone, things like that, that make her job really interesting."

5. Because right before the Sweet 16, Nigel Hayes accidentally called a woman in the press room "beautiful" into the microphone.

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I guess he didn't realize how powerful microphones are.


8. Because two days later, Frank Kaminsky exploded for 28 points against Arizona, and led Wisconsin back to the Final Four. For the second year in a row!

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When you're that tall, you only need to go a quarter of the way up the ladder.

10. Because back in Madison, State Street went hard!

You think they might be a little excited?


15. Because after beating the unbeatable, the Badgers had some friends waiting for them back at their hotel.

So, this must be what it's like to be a rockstar? #Badgers #OnWisconsin

It's a Wisconsin thing.


16. Because before the biggest game of their careers in front of the bright lights of the sports media, the Badgers stayed true to themselves.

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17. And of course, Nigel Hayes arrived in style.

Its @tmj4 photog Jim Angeli's video of @NIGEL_HAYES riding to presser. We'll show you hilarity at 10:20 #Badgers

Classic Nigel.