Bryan Altman

As a rule of thumb, if you’re going to try to emulate someone while playing the game of basketball, you really can’t go wrong with choosing to channel Michael Jordan.

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That’s exactly what Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes decided to do with the game and history on the line as his team tried in vain to defeat the No. 1 seeded Villanova Wildcats in their round of 32 matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Tied at 62 with the defending champions and No. 1 overall seed, Hayes received the ball at the baseline and made a gorgeous fake before tip-toeing along the baseline before putting in a reverse layup to give his team a two-point lead with just 11.4 seconds left to play.

His bucket — brought to you by “His Airness” would prove to be the deciding basket.

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For reference, here’s the move that Hayes was likely referring to. (H/T to SB Nation, for finding this clip originally.)

Hayes finished the game with 19 points and eight rebounds.

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The Badgers are off to the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive year. They’ll face the winner of Virginia vs. East Tennessee State later this evening.