Badgers voice Matt Lepay on Badgers' chip-on-their-shoulder: 'Keep it'

Scaffidi and Bilstad

Midnight has not struck yet in the Wisconsin Badgers' unexpected run into the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

Unexpected, that is, unless you believe their No. 8 seeding was an unfair anomaly.

"It gave them a chip on their shoulder. Great. Keep it," Voice of the Badgers Matt Lepay told WTMJ's Scaffidi and Bilstad Monday.

Wisconsin's triumph over defending national champion Villanova has vaulted them into Friday night's regional semifinal round against the Florida Gators at Madison Square Garden.

Lepay said this team is a veteran-laden squad that knows the pressure of the moment, and how to handle it.

"The veteran presence on this team...(they) don't know anything but Sweet 16. You're going to have a lot of close games. You're unlikely to get rattled," he said on Scaffidi and Bilstad.

"This team is good. Of the 10 (straight) down-to-the-wire games (in the NCAA Tournament since 2015), they're 8-2."

As for Florida, Lepay says to expect a lot more low-scoring in Friday night's matchup in New York (about a 9 p.m. CT tipoff).

"I don't know if this is a game that will get a higher score than what we saw Saturday against Villanova," said Lepay.

"All (their) defensive numbers...are a bit comparable to Wisconsin, actually a little bit better."

Listen above to much more of his conversation on the show in your SoundCloud player.

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