Wisconsin Badgers touch down in NYC

Team faces Florida Gators Friday in Sweet 16
Posted at 7:41 AM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 08:43:23-04

The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team is on the ground in New York, prepping for Friday night's Sweet 16 matchup versus the Florida Gators.

The team's flight was delayed, but the team eventually made it to their hotel Thursday night.

Coach Greg Gard isn't worried about any potential distractions in the Big Apple.

"Their schedules pretty regimented, they don't have a lot of free time, and any free time they have they try to rest and work with our trainer and our strength coach to make sure they're as refreshed and as rejuvenated as possible," Gard said. "One nice thing about being experienced is we don't have to do a lot of hand holding or babysitting or monitoring in our downtime."

Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. CST Friday at the legendary Madison Square Garden, but Gard said the team will be unfazed about competing in such a historic venue.

"When the ball goes up Friday night that all goes out the window," Gard said.

Star guard Bronson Koenig said earlier this week that the team is focused on creating their own history, and will rely on its experience.

"Obviously, knowing what it takes to get there helps, even though we were underclassmen at that time. We've talked about the legacy we want to leave and things like that. We've accomplished so much already, but getting to another Final Four is another goal that we've been talking about," Koenig said.

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