Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Badger is gleeful when discussing crush

Nigel Hayes became the poster-boy for Wisconsin's rollicking, care-free quest for the Final Four last year, musing on everything from Super Smash Bros. to the art of transcription during media sessions.

On Thursday, he spent his time on the dais professing his love for former Glee star Lea Michele.

"I have, like, a celebrity crush," the Badgers' leading scorer said.

"So if she's watching, if she hears this — hello. I'm available. You know — call, text, call the Kohl Center, Coach (Greg) Gard's number. If you could get this out, tweet this out, maybe send her a poke on Facebook."

Consider it done.

Oh, one more thing: "If Ms. Lea has a friend," Hayes said, elbowing teammate Bronson Koenig, "I have a friend. You know, like Biggie said, 'Your friend can be my friend and we can be friends.' "

Cal: Point guard Tyrone Wallace broke a bone in his right hand during a non-contact drill in practice Wednesday. Coach Cuonzo Martin said Wallace's hand got caught in the shirt of a teammate and suffered the injury. It's the same hand Wallace injured earlier this season, which caused him to miss five games, but a different injury. Wallace is expected to miss 3-5 weeks. The plan is to have Sam Singer start in his place today against Hawaii.

MICHIGAN STATE: Among highlights from coach Tom Izzo's media session Thursday, he explained passionately that there's no way the Big Ten tournament champions will take 15th seed Middle Tennessee State lightly. "Complacency isn't really legal in our program at all," Izzo said. "And if it is, we have the ability to get rid of it quick. I mean that about as forcefully as I can say it because that to me is the biggest disease on the planet for all of us."

NOTABLE: Even spring training baseball fans can't get enough of March Madness. An AP freelancer received the following note through the press box window while covering the Red Sox in Fort Myers: "$5 or a cold Bud Light if you can put on college basketball on the T.V. Happy St. Paddy's." … Kansas and UConn advanced to meet Saturday, their first matchup in the NCAA Tournament despite a combined 89 appearances and seven championships, most recently by the Huskies in 2014. Kansas and UConn have played twice, nonconference games in 1995 and 1997.

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