Not only did the Badgers shock the college basketball community, but they won the matchup without their starting point guard Trevon Hughes, who severely rolled his ankle in practice the day before.
If the Badgers look to make some noise in the post season, they may have to do it without Hughes.
Midway though the second half of No.8 Wisconsin's 65-63 semifinal triumph against Michigan State, Hughes was going cross court to guard Spartan guard Kalin Lucas when the sophomore appeared to twist his ankle, causing him to fall to the court in a searing amount of pain.
After Lucas added insult to injury by draining an uncontested three-pointer from the corner, Wisconsin medial staff rushed to Hughes' aid. Slamming the court to help curb the pain, Hughes could put no weight on his left leg as he was carried to the bench.
After UW athletic trainer Henry Perez-Guerra examined Hughes for a couple minutes, Hughes was able to walk back to the locker room under his power, where he stayed for the next 10 minutes before returning to the bench.
He finished the game 1-for-7 from the field (0-for-4 from three) and 2-for-2 from the line for four points.
After the game, Hughes, who was all smiles, had his left ankle x-rayed at the arena afterward and was going through mobility drills with Perez-Guerra in the team locker room.
His status for tomorrow's championship game will be a game-time decision.
"We don't try to change anything up at all," sophomore Jason Bohannon said. "We are expecting to have a good player out there tomorrow. If he's not there, we'll still play the same way. We all have a lot of guys on our team that are very capable of a balance attack on offense. Whatever happens, we'll be ready to go."
Without Hughes in the lineup, however, Wisconsin was able to engineer its comeback, out scoring Michigan State 30 to 18 the final 12 minutes, 39 seconds of the game.
"I mentioned to Trevon, get hurt more often because seems the players really rally around you," UW coach Bo Ryan said. "Don't misquote me here now. I said that tongue-in cheek-and said, your teammates really, really respond to you. He smiled. We high-five one another and he's fine. I mean fine emotionally. Physically, our trainer will make that decision, so we shall see."