As hard as they tried to hold the lead, the Badgers just couldn't stop Virginia Tech's A.D. Vassallo from beyond the arc. And when Vassallo's sixth three-pointer of the game capped a 14-5 Hokies run, the Badgers were tied with just seconds to go on the road.
Enter Trevon Hughes.
Hughes scored points 11 and 12 on a fallback jumper in the middle of the lane with just 0.9 seconds left on the clock, giving the Badgers the 74-72 victory.
The Badgers won the game with a two-pointer, but threes were the deciding factor. The Badgers were 12-18 from downtown, getting four from Landry, three from Bohannon, and two each from Hughes and Jon Leuer.
Even though the Badgers had the better record and the higher seed, they were actually underdogs.
One of the reasons for that is because ACC teams have won their last 11 home games in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. But the Badgers bucked the trend on Monday night, giving the Big Ten a jump start in the 10th annual event.
More importantly, they gave me a head start on my personal tournament aptly named "The Winks/Gweeds Annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge."
This is where I take all the Big Ten teams against the spread, while my friend takes the ones from the Atlantic Coast. I usually end up owing him money in the end because of the ACC's dominance in the event. But if Monday night was any indication, maybe things will finally start coming up Milhouse.