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Hayes, Badgers delivering in the clutch

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The Badger basketball team has fielded a lot of questions about how they've been able to make their recent turnaround, winning four-straight.
        One of the reasons has to be the ice water that appears to flow through the veins of Nigel Hayes.

During crunch time against Indiana and Illinois Hayes went a combined 17-for-17 from the foul line.
        Not only that, but in the final five minutes of all games this season he's 87% from the charity stripe.
        The only way to define that, is clutch.

 "That's the moment you live for as a kid playing basketball when you're in the backyard, whether it's a free throw or a jump shot. This, that or the other, you always want the big moment and you have to make sure you seize it when you get the opportunity.  Pressure either breaks pipes or makes diamonds and I just try to be a diamond," Hayes said.
"I'm in his ear when he's shooting those right when he's walking to the line talking about how big time players are going to make these.  So far he's always come up with it so he's been a big time player for us down the stretch," said forward Ethan Happ.

Wisconsin will host Ohio State Thursday night.

Story courtesy of WKOW

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