- National television, overtime thriller, century-old rivalry. This year's Marquette-Wisconsin game had it all; an electric atmosphere, a national TV audience and overtime.
Sam and Joey Hauser, two kids from Stevens Point, were right in the middle of it.
"Just growing up in the state of Wisconsin, everybody's a Badger fan, so me and Sam were really happy to get this win," Joey Hauser said.
Sam and Joey played important roles in Marquette's 74-69 win over the Wisconsin Badgers.
Sam put up 13 points and the freshman Joey scored 15 to help Marquette to its second win over a ranked opponent in the last week.
"We were in the same situation last week (against Kansas State) and we knew that we were going to have the same type of team coming in here," Sam Hauser said. "It was going to be a 40-minute battle."
The Hauser brothers' efforts might have gone unnoticed on a night where Marquette's Markus Howard and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ lit up the scoreboard, but Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski definitely noticed.
"Sam is all about winning," Wojo said. "What's a kid about; one, two three? He's about winning, he's about winning and he's about winning."
Wisconsin recruited both Sam and Joey out of high school and their hometown of Stevens Point is deep Badger country, which makes their victory all the sweeter.
"In-state, a lot of people are going to root for Wisconsin, but there's also a lot of people that are going to root for Marquette, so join the bandwagon," Sam Hauser said.
The only thing that could have made it better was sharing the court with former high school teammate and current Badger Trevor Anderson, who will not play for Wisconsin this year because of a knee injury.
"It's a really unfortunate situation," Joey Hauser said. "That's one of our best friends, but it was definitely cool to see him. We got a couple good laughs before the game. Hopefully next year he'll be suiting up and playing."
Still, Sam couldn't imagine a better way to spend his twenty-first birthday.
"You know, this is the best birthday president I could ever get," Sam Hauser said.
|Story By: Andrew Goldstein