Cutest air ball ever? Wisconsin Badgers basketball player Nigel Hayes had an awkward but extremely charming gaffe in the middle of a press conference on Wednesday, March 25. 

The sophomore player, 20, was speaking to reporters with his teammates after the ballers beat the Oregon Ducks by a score of 72 to 65 in the latest round of the NCAA March Madness tournament. Pausing between questions, one attractive female reporter caught the athlete's eye, distracting him from the press conference.

"God, she's beautiful," he whispered to Wisconsin's Frank Kaminsky, sitting next to him. Hayes soon realized that his hot microphone had picked up his observation.

"Did you hear that?" Hayes questioned, eyes wide. Once the reporters confirmed that they had, in fact, caught wind of the player's admiration for the journalist, Hayes looked pained with embarrassment and immediately covered his face with his hands. 

His teammates began to crack up, looking away from their friend as he kept his face covered. While it may have been a bit of an awkward moment for Hayes, he gained some bandwagon Wisconsin fans in the process. As the clip quickly went viral, viewers took to Twitter to commend Hayes for being "adorable," "entertaining," and "endearing." 

Watch the adorable moment in the video above!