In less than 24 hours.
the Wisconsin Badgers will be taking the floor.
just two wins away from a national championship.
They're down in North Texas.
eagerly awaiting game time.
And that's where we find News 8's Gregg Wavrunek to
begin our coverage tonight....
Each one of the Final Four teams spending about an
hour answering questions....and then getting a 50-minute
Then for the Badgers it was off to S-M-U for a closed
practice - their last big chance at working on the
court before tomorrow night's national semifinal game
During the media availability I was able to catch
up with La Crosse Aquinas graduate Bronson Koenig...on
what it means to be playing in the Final Four.
It meant a lot.
It's very special that we got Coach Ryan to his first
It's just really exciting and hopefully we can get
a National Championship back.
Q: What are some keys to your game against Kentucky
and what are you expecting tomorrow night.
Obviously they start five freshman.
They are really long and athletic like a lot of teams
that we played, but I think they are the top team
in the nation for offensive rebounding so we really
have to keep them off the glass.
Koenig is going to have a ton of support here in the
stands for tomorrow's game.
For more on that....here is News 8's Leah Linscheid.
The same people who stood behind Bronson in high school.
will be standing behind him this weekend.
That includes some of the people who helped get him
to where he is today.
Across the sea of red and white inside AT&T Stadium,
you probably wouldn't peg *this guy* for a true Badger
Don't be fooled by the blue - Mark Dannhoff is Badger
to the bone, born and raised in La Crosse Wisconsin.
He's *also* one of two coaches here in Arlington to
support a player he helped mold.
Number 24, Bronson Koenig…
First time I saw Bronson play was in your gym freshman
This weekend, he's just a fan in the stands with fellow
Koenig coach Rick Schneider, but on most days you'll
find Dannhoff on the sidelines at Texas A-and-M Corpus
Christi as an assistant coach.
He also coached in an AAU league, where Koenig played
under him in high school.
Just watching him thinking, 'Boy, this kid really
Danhoff keeps in touch with the Badger player, never
shaking that mentor mentality.
He's probably going to have to guard a pretty big
Especially, on a weekend like this one.
It's funny he made the comment to me that last year
he was playing in Sparta and this year I'm playing
in the AT&T Center in front of 80,000 people, and
I said, 'It's amazing how things change, isn't it?'
In a Texas stadium overtaken by Badger red, this man
might look out of place - but Dannhoff considers this,
something of a homecoming.
This is great with the Badgers being here and Bronson
just makes it a little bit more special.
Like I said, Mark is a La Crosse native.
He played basketball at Central High, and competed
against his friend Rick Schneider, who coached Bronson
Both say it's been amazing to see Bronson grow up
and take on this new role.
You become closer, your relationship is really tight
and to watch him play, that's why there's so much
pride when I see him on that court and see his success.
Bronson's two former coaches will be watching from
the stands together tomorrow, hoping for a win.
Gregg will be back later in the show with more on
the Final Four.