Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Practicing late-game situations pays off

Saw the highlights of Wisconsin's last-second win at Virginia Tech the other night.

If you missed it, "Trevon Hughes (pictured here) drove coast to coast and hit a shot from the paint with 0.9 seconds left to wreck a furious Virginia Tech rally and give the University of Wisconsin Badgers a 74-72 victory over the Hokies."

According to reports, Wisconsin "spent some of its morning shootaround at the arena working on last-second situations -- Hughes said it was the first time they'd gone over them this season -- and it paid off.

"Get it in, get it up, get it in, get it up," said Badgers coach Bo Ryan, who didn't have any timeouts left to set up a play.

In this article, Hughes says the Badgers "practiced that exact scenario at their shoot-around at Cassell Coliseum earlier in the day."

"At shoot-around at practice we assimilated it. We put 3 seconds on the clock and ran it in our shoot-around. It paid off. Practice makes perfect," said Hughes.