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By The Numbers: Wisconsin Basketball Has Excelled In Close Games This Year; Take The "Crunch Time" Poll

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Tonight is the night!

The 2-seed Wisconsin basketball squad is taking on the 6-seed Baylor Bears in Anaheim, CA., at 6:47 PM CST on TBS.

We know you’ll be watching. And we know the Sweet 16 can get pretty tense. The winner moves on to the Elite 8, while the loser’s season comes to a bitter end. But we, at Badger of Honor, don’t want you to fret if the Badgers find themselves in a close game late in the second half. Sure, you’ll be biting your nails but keep in mind that the Badgers have played really well in close games this year.

A game is considered “Close,” by my standards, if the game is decided by two possessions or less (6 points).

In those games this year, the Badgers are 10-2.

Thus, Bucky should be confident if they find themselves in a close game with Baylor near the end of the second half. Wisconsin is a poised team and the main reason is because of their stellar guard play. If the Badgers need a game-winning shot, they have a lot of options.

Wisconsin has numerous players who aren’t afraid to take the BIG shot. The evidence is its 10-2 record in close games. Also, the Badgers are riding a four-game winning streak in these close games.

In the NCAA Tournament, it’s usually the teams that possess experienced guards that make runs deep into the Big Dance. The Badgers have just that.

Traevon Jackson has hit numerous big shots in his career. Ben Brust has hit numerous big shots in his career. Josh Gasser has hit numerous big shots in his career…Are you noticing a pattern? The Badgers’ guards are extremely experienced and can all be trusted to handle the ball, with care, late in the game.

I haven’t even brought up the fact that Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker have both hit big, timely, shots in their careers, too.

To put it simply, all five of the Badgers’ starters have made the big play before and all of them should be confident in their finishing ability. Wisconsin as a whole should be confident in its finishing ability.

If the Badgers find themselves in need of a big shot tonight against Baylor (or in any game for that matter), anyone of these players could find the ball in their hands. And we want to know who the readers would want to see with the ball in crunch time.

CRUNCH TIME: If The Badgers Need A Big Shot At The End Of The Game, Who Do You Want To Take It?

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Will the Badgers beat Baylor and advance to the Elite 8?  Will Wisconsin need to make a big shot to get past the Bears, or perhaps, later in the tournament?

We’ll start finding out these answers tonight. Anyone else excited?

Oh, and below you’ll find a few of those big shots I was talking about. Enjoy!

Jackson:

Gasser:

Brust:

Dekker: (Throw back to high school)

Go Bucky!

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