Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes is taking over Kobe Bryant's locker for Sweet 16

0:44 | Extra Mustard
Watch: Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes has 'oops' moment at press conference
Thursday March 26th, 2015

The Wisconsin Badgers will be taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Staples Center on Thursday in a Sweet 16 matchup, and Nigel Hayes has grabbed the most coveted locker in the building.

Jeff Van Gundy knows more about One Direction than you

The Badgers forward found out he will be sitting at Kobe Bryant's locker, and the team's Twitter account posted his reaction.

As if sitting in the Black Mamba's seat is not exciting enough, Bryant himself saw the tweet and sent the team and Hayes his well wishes.

Messi, Argentine soccer team attend Pacers-Wizards game

Maybe the prime seating was just the Staples Center way of making Hayes feel better after his embarrassing live mike mishap on Wednesday.


- Brendan Maloy

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.