Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
For nearly 40 minutes, it was the No. 6 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish chasing the No. 7 seed Wisconsin Badgers. In the last 19 seconds, the Irish finally caught them.
Wisconsin lead 56-55 and had the ball with 17 seconds left to play, but that’s when the Fighting Irish swarmed Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and stole the ball and the game away from the Badgers.
Demetrius Jackson came up with the loose ball and converted the easy layup to give his team the 57-56 lead.
But Jackson wasn’t quite done.
With six seconds left, Wisconsin trailed by three, 59-56, and the Badger hero from the team’s Round of 32 win over Xavier, Bronson Koenig, carried the ball up court hoping to send the game to overtime with some more last second heroics.
However, Jackson stole it from Koenig just over center court. Koenig fouled Jackson, who converted both free throws to ice the game for the Irish – a game they trailed nearly wire-to-wire.
Now the Fighting Irish are off to the Elite 8 for their second consecutive season. There, they’ll have a chance to advance to their first Final Four since 1978.
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.
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