I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one. I might need to watch the game again to be able write anything coherent. Until then…
From that point, though, the Badgers had four turnovers, and a lineup of Westbrook, Blake Hoffarber, Damian Johnson, Devron Bostick and Paul Carter helped the Gophers maintain defensive pressure after Al Nolen fouled out with 3 minutes, 23 seconds left in regulation.
Without a true big man on the floor, that versatile group scored eight points in the paint and four more on fast breaks in OT.
The Badgers don’t lose many at the Kohl Center under any circumstances. They don’t let big leads get away, and for the last 15 years they hadn’t lost to Minnesota. But as one of Minnesota’s favorite sons once said: “The times, they are a changin’.”
“A loss like this always hurts,” said despondent UW forward Marcus Landry, whose team fell to 3-2 in the Big Ten and 12-5 overall. “You come in, you’re up 10 with about four minutes to go, and you end up losing the game.
“These are the games that hurt. These are games that stick with you, and these are games you never want to have games like this again.”
“I knew I could take over the game, so I just got hot,” said Westbrook, who scored 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the second half and overtime combined. “This is big for our confidence coming back from down that much. This is huge. I don’t even know what to say; I’m just happy.”
“I thought our comeback was nothing short of . . . I don’t know,” Minnesota coach Tubby Smith said. “It was just a great effort by our kids to hang in there. They showed a lot of moxie, a lot of toughness.”
Finally, Minnesota went to a full-court press and to the shock of everyone, it completely disrupted the Badgers
Wisconsin was seemingly about to work its Kohl Center magic again, but four turnovers in the final 4½ minutes led to four Gophers points and gave them a chance to work some magic of their own.
“You think about the game and always think about what you could have done different,” Landry said. “It doesn’t change the outcome at all. These are the games that keep you up at night.”