Ryan Evans did something unexpected last weekend in Albuquerque, N.M. He got off to a fast start.
Wisconsins junior forward hit his first four shots to spark the Badgers to an early lead in a 73-49 win over Montana in their opening game of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at The Pit.
He followed that up by hitting his first four shots Saturday against Vanderbilt to reach double figures for the 14th straight game as Wisconsin advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 60-57 win.
I wanted to come out and play aggressive and loose, Evans said.
That has always been Evans plan, but he rarely got that chance early in his prep and college careers.
As a 15-year-old, he was cut by the Phoenix Desert Vista junior varsity team, forcing him to transfer to Chandler Hamilton, where he led the Huskies to the 5A Division I state semifinals his senior year. He made The Arizona Republic's All-5A first team that season and was named Fiesta Region Co-Player of the Year after averaging 18.4 points and 7.3 rebo...