Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Chris Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater

Chris Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater

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Chiozza's victor is forever memorable because of its skittish action. Chris Chiozza hit a running three-pointer as time expired to send Florida to the Elite 8 for the first time since 2014.

The Gators (26-8) easily handled Virginia in their second game, but even that convincing 65-39 victory doesn't rate with what Wisconsin accomplished in the second round. Up front, Ethan Happ will be back as one of the nation's top players.

"A lot of these guys were freshmen my past year", McCall said of his days assisting former Gators coach Billy Donovan before Donovan headed off to the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Covering my eyes and praying", Barry said. "If we're good enough, we'll have another one".

He can laugh now.

Then they made one final rally, helped by some ill-advised plays from Florida, and needed one last shot down 72-69 with 6.5 seconds left. All before Chiozza's heroine can not be forgotten. Koenig is the leading scorer for the Badgers, averaging over 14 points per game.

Mike White's stomach had to be a bucket of bees, because Florida had no business being in overtime. What a thriller. This was not just an all-time ending. Wisconsin rallied from down 12 with 14:15 left. "It's games like this". If that wasn't memorable enough, he immediately dropped a championship belt celebration and pointed to Badgers fan Aaron Rodgers sitting courtside.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback was impressed, though. And it seemed as though Wisconsin would win. Showalter, tenacious with his play on the boards and with his hustle, hit the crucial shot to force overtime. Motley needs to stay on the floor and Scott Drew and the Bears at least 32 minutes on Friday, something he's yet to do so far in this Tournament.

White's always been anti-foul when up three late in a game. Chiozza made a layup with 24 seconds left to tie the game at 81.

"[Rodgers] told me to do [the celebration] before the game", Showalter said.

Making their fourth straight Sweet 16 appearance, it looked as if the experienced Badgers had once again found a way to survive and advance. Bodies falling on every possession. But Wisconsin couldn't get by the Gators on this night. Instead, the ball finds its way to UW's Khalil Iverson in the open court. "I'm really proud of KeVaughn for that one". It's the most exciting three weeks in all of sports, no doubt about it - especially if you filled out a March Madness bracket. These little flares set the ending on fire.

Hayes could offer the most hard matchup for Florida. Wisconsin ends the year at 27-and-9. Hayes never looked his way. The easy wins also don't mean that the Gators are any less prepared than the battle-tested Badgers.

Florida called two timeouts with 2.5 seconds remaining. He circled around the key and started to go up for a shot. But Hayes moved too soon.

Hayes missed his first two field goal attempts, but converted his next four - all jump shots - as the senior forward finished the first half with nine points. Reserve forwards Terry Maston has saved his best basketball for the end of the season.

"My goodness", White said. "Yeah. With an emphasis on the hell". But they have turned it around by winning five of their past six games, defeating Virginia Tech in the first round before the attention-getting upset of Villanova. We will always remember that shot. "When we're all sharing the ball, it's going to be a positive outcome". Showalter, then Barry, then Chiozza. "This is only one game".

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