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Gard: "No Pity Party Here"

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MADISON, Wis. (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team is quick to admit their youth, but they are also quick to admit how well their young team is progressing.

On Saturday, they dropped a close one to No. 3 Maryland at the Kohl Center, but according to the Terps head coach, Mark Turgeon, the inexperienced Badgers controlled the game.

"First of all, I want to say that I thought Wisconsin was terrific," Turgeon said in the post-game press conference, "I told Greg (Gard) after the game that they were great defensively. They executed and they totally dictated the game. They're getting better, and you've seen it the last three games. At Indiana down nine, they played Purdue to the wire. They played us to the wire. Wisconsin is really getting better."

Wisconsin trailed by four at the half, but took a one-point lead twice in the final 15 minutes.
Even after Maryland's star point guard Melo Trimble went on a 10-1 run midway through the half, Wisconsin battled back, tying the game at 60 off a clutch three-pointer from junior Bronson Koenig with 23 seconds left on the clock. 

Trimble would carry the ball back up the court without calling for a time-out. The sophomore, who had a game-high 21 points of 9-of-17 shooting, would answer with his own clutch three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left and leave the Badgers heartbroken once again.

Wisconsin's last 5 losses have been by a combined 13 points, but interim head coach Greg Gard won't let his team hang their heads. 

"Nobody feels sorry for us," Gard answered when asked about how they stay positive in these close losses, "We have to turn around and prepare for Northwestern. This league, having watched it and been in it my whole life, there's not time where you can take a breath and sit back and relax. You're on to the next one, whether you come out on the right hand side or the left hand side, it's on to the next and what can we learn from it."

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