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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 01: Brad Davison #34 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates the win over the Maryland Terrapins during the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 01: Brad Davison #34 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates the win over the Maryland Terrapins during the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 1, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) Photo of David Hookstead

3:25 PM 03/01/2018

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Wisconsin Badgers’ journey towards a basketball national championship got off to a hot start with a win over Maryland in the Big Ten tournament.

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I sat in the newsroom a couple hours into the afternoon with a cold Miller Lite in my hand as I watched the Badgers pull ahead for the win. The game was tied before I cracked my first beer, and then the Badgers roared out to a big victory. I’m taking credit for the win. I’m simply laying out the facts and the order of events. We weren’t winning before I opened up a beer and now we’re advancing to play Michigan State.

People didn’t even think the Badgers would win one game in the B1G tournament. Those people are called idiots. It was never in doubt in my mind.

I said we needed to go and win the next 10 games. The haters chirped, but my boys just kept their noses down to grind it out.

Now we only have nine more to go. We will play 40 more minutes in order to earn the right to play 40 more. That’s what being a winner is all about. That’s what being a champion is all about. That’s what it means to be a Badger. Pray for Michigan State because they’re in a world of hurt come noon tomorrow.

I might be in the office during that time, but you’re crazy if you think I’m not cracking a cold one to celebrate the game.

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