UW MBB: Ready to Show Out: Zak Showalter

BY MIKE LUCAS

UWBadgers.com Senior Writer

MADISON, Wis. — Whenever Josh Gasser sees the video, he wonders if they looked hard enough for highlights, shooting highlights. He jokingly brought that up to Zak Showalter recently after one of Gasser's signature moments, maybe his defining moment, was replayed on the Kohl Center scoreboard screen.

"I thought maybe they'd have me making a jumper or something," Gasser kidded.

Instead, it was a save, not a shot; a hustle play, not a scoring play. It was Gasser putting his body on the line and doing whatever it takes to win — just like he had encouraged his Wisconsin teammates to do during a timeout — by diving over the courtside press table chasing a loose ball late in the 2015 Big Ten Tournament championship game.

The Badgers went on to dominate the Spartans in overtime at Chicago's United Center on their way to the title.

Looking back on the impact of his hustle on the outcome, Gasser confided, "That was definitely one of my favorite plays in my career, for sure. Not many guys would say their favorite play was diving into the stands saving a ball. I think most people would have a dunk or a big three or something like that.

"But those types of plays are stuff that I remember — little plays that kind of go unnoticed that help your team win games. When I'm watching Showy out there, I see him doing a lot of that, too. Maybe not a lot of people notice, but I do."

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