At the U-8 timeout during the second half of Saturday afternoon, Michael Ballard turned to Ethan Happ with a strange request for a walk-on to become a star player.
Happ, a senior center at The University of Wisconsin Men's Basketball Team, was confused. "I was like," What are you talking about? Why are you talking to me? "Said Happ. "He does not talk to me that much during the games."
It all made sense for Happ after looking at the scoreboard, noting that he had a rebound just before his second triple-double of the season. Moments later, he managed to get Ballard and the Kohl Center crowd going.
When the final buzzer sounded, Happ had added another chapter to his outstanding career at UW, with a 1
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Between his rating and his Happ scored 41 points alone. That was almost as many as the Wildcats as a team.
"He's just an incredible college player," said Northwest coach Chris Collins.
Collins was actually pleased with the work his team had done in a one-on-one fight against Happ-a situation. Happ was only 6 of 15 out of the field and missed four of his five attempts from the free throw line.
As usual, however, Happ found a way to fill the statistics sheet, even if his shot did not go down. When Collins was asked about Happ's ability, he gave a 45 second answer with more than 130 words.
Here is the short version:
"He will be a professional, he will make money. But let's celebrate him for what he was in the college game, "said Collins. "He is a phenomenal player and influences victory in so many ways. I was a big fan who watched him for four or five years. It's a nightmare playing against him, but I love how he plays. He is only a winner. "
The guards D & # 39; Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison of UW Sophomore each scored 18 points for the Badgers (14-6, 6-3 Big Ten), who extended their winning streak to three games.
Trice and Davison were 7 out of 12 points out of the 3-point area. UW went 9 out of 19 out of the way, and Happ helped with six of those conversions.
"We know Ethan takes some pressure when we're aggressive," Davison said. "When we hit him, it gives him a bit more room to work."
The Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball Team defeated Northwestern Wildcats, 62-46, on Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Afterwards, Collins talked about the dilemma facing the Northwest when he found out how to stem Happ and the badgers. Guard him one on one and he probably gets Senior Center Dererk Pardon in bad trouble. Double Happ and he think it's good to find open teammates, which on Saturday meant that Trice and Davison had to pay the Wildcats.
"He's so smart, he saw everything in five years," Collins said. "He has seen every report."
If anyone had told Collins before the game that Northwestern UW would hold over 60 points, he would have taken it in a heartbeat. The bigger problem for the Wildcats (12-8, 3-6) was that they could not do anything at the other end against the Badgers.
Northwestern shot 29.6 percent out of the field and finished with 0.74 points per possession. None of the Wildcats scored a double-digit score, with Pardon and Anthony Gaines each with eight points at the top.
Senior striker Vic Law, who came in with an average of 16.3 points per game, finished the game with 6 of 2 from 2 to 11 shoot.
"Defensive one of our better efforts," said UW coach Greg Gard. "I think this group is growing that way. … Not many mistakes. There were very few rule violations, and when we had one, there was another teammate who could help out.
When he was asked if he ran out of superlatives to describe Happ, Gard did not need long to do anything that had nothing to do with his triple-double.
"The only thing that pops out that may not stand on the tripod sheet is the work he did defensively at Pardon," Gard said, noting that Happ spent more time than expected forgiveness because of the UW attacker Nate Reuvers was limited to 14 minutes because of fouls. "He was really active in terms of his defense and positioning. One of the better jobs after the defensive he has done. "
After Happ had possessed two heroes after his pep conversation of Ballard, Happ experienced an offensive rebound. Just six minutes before the end, the third triple-double in the program's history was completed. The list also includes the one he produced at the season opener against Coppin State and another by Josh Gasser at Northwestern in 2011.
Happ even finished the ball in style and fed Trice for a 3-pointer – his 11th assistant of the game – which gave UW a 52-36 lead.
"Today he just did a really, really good job To find the open man and create the easy passport, "said Trice. "If we continue to use this formula, I think we will see many of Ethan's games."