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Varsity - March 27, 2014

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50 // VARSITY March 27, 2014 INSIDE MEN'S BASKETBALL Triumphant turnaround: UW advances on late rally Resilient effort pushes Badgers into Sweet 16 BY MIKE LUCAS @LUCASATLARGE S ome things may be best left unsaid. Except when you're fighting for your competitive life in the NCAA tournament, and you're trail- ing by 12 points to a front- running Oregon bunch that was getting more and more confident with each made shot and free throw. So what was said at halftime Saturday night in the Wiscon- sin locker room at the BMO Harris Bradley Center? How was it said? And who said it? Some may have had more to say than others. But after the Badgers rallied for a dramatic 85-77 victory, it goes without saying that everybody got the message. "Coach Ryan obviously had a few words to say to get us going," Josh Gasser said. Ryan was not the only one who spoke up. "We're not in there (the locker room) for the whole halftime," Gard said. "We meet as coaches and then we come in with about 10 min- utes to go and we talk to them for about six or seven minutes. "Give credit to our guys. Obviously our upperclassmen got the message across on what we needed to do and how they needed to play better when we were out of the room." Gasser didn't want to take too much credit for what was said at halftime. "We were kind of getting into each other ― as far as the players," he volunteered. When reserve Duje Dukan scored off an inbounds play on Wisconsin's final possession of the first half, it not only snapped a 9-0 Oregon run, it gave the Badgers something to build on. "We knew that we could play better," said assistant coach Gary Close. "The good news is that we weren't way down and we could have been. "We're down 12 and we know there's going to be a lot of possessions with the way they play so we're going to have an opportunity to catch up." It was just a matter of shoring up a few things at both ends of the floor and get- ting the Bradley Center crowd back into the game. It didn't take long, either. On the first possession, Dekker shot an airball from the left wing but Jackson grabbed the weakside rebound, scored on the put-back and drew a foul. He set the tempo with his 3-point play. READ THE FULL STORY SCHEDULE (28-7) NCAA 2ND & 3RD ROUNDS March 20 vs. (15) American W, 75-35 March 22 vs. (7) Oregon W, 85-77 NCAA WEST REGIONAL Thursday vs. (6) Baylor 6:47 p.m.

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