Wisconsin senior Rob Wilson wasn't on anybody's radar a month ago, save for the kids at the Madison Boys & Girls Club where he's serving an internship this semester.
Now, Vanderbilt star Jeffery Taylor calls him the ''X-factor'' in the Commodores' third-round game Saturday against the Badgers in the NCAA tournament's East Regional.
''He came out of nowhere and started making a lot of great plays for those guys,'' Taylor said.
Late last month, Wilson's career scoring average was a dispiriting 2.4 points, but he couldn't put the ball in the basket if he couldn't get on the court, and he wasn't mastering coach Bo Ryan's intricate defense to earn those minutes.
Then, one day it all clicked for the late-blooming Badger, and his defensive play at practice earned him more playing time. He scored 11 points at Iowa on Feb. 23, beginning a startling seven-game stretch in which he's averaged 11.1 points and 24 ...