March 3, 2007

Sweet, sweet redemption

MADISON, Wis. - Sweet, sweet redemption.

And at a time better than any, with the 4th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers celebrating Senior Day, against heated rival Michigan State, trying to avoid a three-game skid and heading into the post-season.

Kammron Taylor, one of three seniors recognized before tip-off at the Kohl Center Saturday, hit arguably the biggest shot of his career, and at a time he and the Badgers (27-4, 13-3 Big Ten) needed it most.

A timeout with 11 seconds remaining, where UW head coach Bo Ryan called for a pick-and-roll play, set up Taylor's 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining that lifted the Badgers past the Spartans, 52-50.

"It was a ball screen play that if you watch basketball on a Saturday you'll probably see 200 of them, but none bigger than that one," Ryan said after the game, adding that star senior forward Alando Tucker was responsible for the screen, while it was Taylor's duty to dictate what happened after the roll.

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