"Just the questions he asked, and the numbers he was pulling out of the air, you could tell he was very inquisitive and very detail-oriented", Gard said Wednesday at the KeyBank Center. Though it came 76 years ago, a national championship is a national championship.
The Wisconsin Badgers are taking on the Virginia Tech Hokies in NCAA Tournament play on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is 22-10 and has won six of 10 entering the tournament.
Williams is still a firm believer in the virtues of analytics, but Thursday's game may come down to far simpler dynamics.
Virginia Tech dresses seven players and only one - 6-foot-10 freshman Khadim Sy - is taller than 6-7.
Buzz Williams needed only three years to get Virginia Tech to the NCAA tournament.
It doesn't take egghead stats and analysis to figure out who has the edge in that equation.
"We have some concern - this is so fresh - but we've talked to him", Paris said.
"But I also think that it is part of my job, part of my role, to push them to be their absolute best. And when you're playing a team that's as slow as they are, when they get a second opportunity, we've just got to guard them for 30 more seconds". "So I think Virginia Tech shouldn't be intimidated by that matchup either".
Seth Greenberg successfully built Virginia Tech into a program that could compete in the ACC.
This Wisconsin team has several of the nation's most talented players and at one point looked like a potential Final Four program. Williams noted how "multiple media outlets said I committed career suicide".
"Anytime you see one that's flipped, you know there's a lot stuff that has taken place". "It's not anything new".
KEONIG'S KLUTCH: When the clock is ticking down, Badgers guard Bronson Koenig isn't afraid to put it up. Coach Bo Ryan abruptly retired in December and they struggled to a 9-9 record before catching fire under then-interim coach Greg Gard and winning 11 of 12. The similarities with Virginia are obvious. Wisconsin won 74-72 at Virginia Tech in 2008. Virginia Tech has faced the rigors of the ACC all season long and as mentioned above, they continue to cover pointspreads despite being small, without one of their top players, and depth shy.
In ACC games, the Hokies led the league in 3-point shooting (41.4 percent) and overall field-goal shooting (49.0).
Tech has made a living off the 3-point shot, especially late in the season, making 87-of-184 (47.3 percent) of its 3-point attempts in its last eight games. The Hokies shoot 40 percent from 3-point range, averaging nearly nine 3s a game. Not only did they prove themselves in conference play, but they showed their talent again by reaching the Big 10 title game. Both of them could get you in foul trouble. "We have to go chase them around the arc". Outside of a 1 of 4 performance against Florida State, Outlaw is averaging better than 69% from three over the last month (dating back to the team's four point loss at Louisville).
Asked if it was going to be hard to keep his focus while dealing with the loss of two more people who were close to him, Iverson admitted he didn't know.