In the last minute of Wisconsin’s game against No. 2 seeded Xavier, Bronson Koenig hit two bombs – including a 3-pointer at the final buzzer – that secured a win for the Badgers, and sent them to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The clutch three by Koenig (Ho-Chunk) was the capping off of a slow crawl to a comeback victory, since Xavier held a 58-49 lead with 6:19 minutes left in the game.
“This was a team win, obviously. Bronson hit two big shots there at the end … he’s a big-time player, he’s hit a lot of shots for us over his career and hopefully he’s got a lot more in him,” said Wisconsin Coach Greg Gard at the postgame press conference.
“I knew it was going in before it even left my hand, because that is a shot I practice quite a bit,” Koenig said after the game. “I just let it fly and knew it was going in. I can’t really explain the feeling after I hit it. I think it was my real first game-winner like that. It was a lot of excitement," he said. Koenig also tweeted, "That was for all my Natives out there, & my team, & of course the true fans out there!! Thank you."
Video from the the official NCAA March Madness YouTube channel. Koenigs remarks begin at about 21:00 in the video.
Koenig’s shot sent the Wisconsin Badgers to Philadelphia, where they will be taking on Notre Dame in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
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