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“I was crazy. I wasn’t that crazy,” Kennedy said. “That comparison between me and him, people need to go back and check the footage.”

Now Kennedy will try to prepare Henderson and the rest of the Rebels for a Wisconsin defense that knows few peers. The Badgers are also battle-tested after navigating a brutal Big Ten schedule and making it to the Big Ten tournament championship before losing to Ohio State.

“As contrasting as night is to day,” Kennedy said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Bo Ryan. I’ve known him for a number of years. He’s one of the true great coaches in our game.”

And if the Rebels are going to have a chance to knock off one of the Big Ten’s best teams, Henderson will almost certainly have to play well. He’s scored at least 20 points in five straight games.

“When Marshall makes shots,” Kennedy said, “it gives the other guys confidence.”

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