With less than five minutes left on the clock, the Maryland Terps are tied 47- 47, as they try to take the lead against the Wisconsin Badgers.
This seems all but too familiar.
The last time Wisconsin and Maryland faced each other, it was another nail-biting game that lasted until the last few seconds on the clock. Kevin Huerter and guard Anthony Cowan fought to the end of that game and came out on top, winning against the Badgers 68-63.
New York was a different story.
Madison Square Garden was on its feet Thursday, as the two teams battled for their seat in the NCAA Tournament.
Huerter tried to give his team the lead but missed a three-point shot allowing Wisconsin’s forward, Ethan Happ, to grab a defensive rebound and receive two free-throw shots after being fouled by Bruno Fernando.
“When you play defense for 30 seconds, they get a rebound, and then you have to play defense for another 30 seconds, it wears you down,” Huerter said, “It’s demoralizing.”
Huerter redeems himself with a jumper landing in the basket tying the score again 51-51.
The Badgers retaliate with a jumper from Brad Davison giving them the lead that eventually helped the Badgers stay ahead for the rest of the game.
Huerter was given another chance to help Maryland recover from their two-point deficit, but could not pull through as he missed a shot at the line ultimately ending the game for the Terps letting Wisconsin take home the victory.
“They just wanted it more, I guess,” forward Joshua Tomaic stated. “We were there, but they were just one second ahead.”
This is the first season since 2014 that Maryland will not be heading to the NCAA Tournament, but they might have another chance. With Maryland winning 19 games this season, they have enough wins to be placed in the NIT (National Invitational Tournament). In the seven seasons that Coach Mark Turgeon has been with the Terps, this will be his second season playing in the NIT since 2013. The Terps will have to wait until March 11 to find out if they are placed.