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March Madness 2015: Kobe Bryant tweets well wishes to Badgers

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Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig seemed particularly star-struck.

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The Wisconsin Badgers practiced inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday afternoon, the same arena that's home to the Los Angeles Lakers and legend Kobe Bryant. The Badgers assigned sophomore forward Nigel Hayes to the locker of the NBA great.

Needless to say, Hayes was a little star-struck...

Though Hayes received Bryant's locker, sophomore guard Bronson Koenig was also struck by Bryant's aura... in a slightly different manner.

Uhmmm, OK?

Needless to say, Bryant responded to all the admiration by the Badgers:

No. 1 seed Wisconsin faces No. 4 seed North Carolina on Thursday at 6:47 p.m. CT. Can Hayes pull off a Kobe-like performance against the Tar Heels? Maybe the locker can help...