Mar 29, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) shoots the ball against Arizona Wildcats center Kaleb Tarczewski (35) during the second half in the finals of the west regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers freshman Nigel Hayes despondent following loss

Following his team’s heartbreaking loss to the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night, Wisconsin Badgers freshman Nigel Hayes shouldered a lot of the responsibility for the outcome, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his early foul trouble put the Badgers in an inescapable hole:

“I didn’t play well at all,” Hayes said, “which is the reason why we lost.


“I said this earlier in the year. Especially playing against good teams, I need to play well in order for us to win.


“I didn’t do that today and we lost.”

Hayes finished the game with only two points in seven minutes of playing time. He said the early fouls prevented him from finding his usual rhythm:

“I’m already coming off the bench. So I wasn’t able to get into a rhythm or get a feel for the game or what was going on out there.


“I wasn’t able to get going. I guess you guys can blame it on me being a freshman.”

Hayes put together a great freshman campaign for the Badgers, and it’s tough to see the season come to an end on a one-point loss. We wish him the best with his sophomore season next year.

The Wildcats will take on the Connecticut Huskies on Monday night.

[Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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