'I knew we were about to be B1G champs': Wisconsin's Chucky Hepburn was confident on game-winning shot
You have to be confident if you’re going to take the game-winning shot in a college basketball game. Wisconsin’s Chucky Hepburn wasn’t lacking any of it when he fired off a 3-pointer with time winding down in a tie game on Tuesday night against Purdue.
The bank was open, Wisconsin took a 3-point lead, stole the inbounds pass and secured a B1G regular season title. It was one of the wilder finishes to claim a league crown in recent memory.
Hepburn’s clutch triple pushed the Badgers to 15-4 in the B1G. With a win over Nebraska — or an Illinois loss — they’ll be outright conference champions.
After Tuesday’s impressive win, Hepburn said he knew his final shot was going in the hoop. It’s exactly the kind of confidence you want in a guy in those pivotal moments.
“I knew we were about to be B1G champs after I released it,” Hepburn said, per Jeff Portykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
#Badgers Hepburn: "I knew we were about to be Big Ten champs after I released it."
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Hepburn ended the game with 17 points, connecting on 4-of-6 shots from behind the 3-point line. The shot also extended the Badgers’ win streak to 5 games, currently the longest in the B1G.
Wisconsin will now try to close out the season as an outright conference champion with a win over Nebraska.