Can the Wisconsin Badgers match up with Big Bad Kentucky? (backcourt edition)


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The Final Four is here and the most interesting question in Texas this weekend is whether Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers can match up with John Calipari’s Big Bad Kentucky Wildcats.

It’s the cliché “contrast of styles” with one side yielding experience versus the new “Fab 5″ of freshman.

Yesterday, we looked at the frontcourt. Today, we match up Kentucky’s uber-talented guards versus Wisconsin’s experience and depth in the backcourt. [Read more...]

Can the Wisconsin Badgers match up with Big Bad Kentucky? (frontcourt edition)


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The Final Four is here and the most interesting question in Texas this weekend is whether Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers can match up with John Calipari’s Big Bad Kentucky Wildcats.

It’s the cliché “contrast of styles” with one side yielding experience versus the new “Fab 5″ of freshman.

In part one of a two-part series, we take a look at Kentucky’s lengthy frontcourt up against the Wisconsin’s versatile forwards.

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Bo Ryan becomes Elite with emotional win in the Elite 8


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Bo Ryan haters can retire now because the 66 year-old coach has reached the Final Four. Ryan’s Wisconsin Badgers fought tooth and nail to take out the #1 seed Arizona Wildcats in an epic back-and-forth regional final.

Ryan was extra emotional after the game. Mostly because it’s the first year his father, Butch Ryan, isn’t around to attend the Final Four. Butch would have turned 90 on the day that Bo finally punched his personal ticket to the basketball’s paradise.

The stars have aligned to reward a coach and a program that’s been an exemplary example for the game of college basketball. [Read more...]

How the Wisconsin Badgers match up with the entire WEST region


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Many believe this is the best Wisconsin Badgers team Bo Ryan has ever had during his 13 years in Madison. That’s debatable since he’s had teams briefly ranked number one and three teams which won at least a share of the Big Ten Title.

Nonetheless, we will soon find out if it’s his best because the Badgers are set up nicely in arguably the year’s easiest region.

Here’s a comprehensive list of the 15 teams standing in the way of Bo Ryan’s first ever Final Four.

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Is there any realistic way the Wisconsin Badgers can earn a 1 seed?


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Each and every year March Madness comes rolling along, there seems to be three elite teams who are a lock for a number one seed and a separate group of teams who make it extra hard for the committee to choose a fourth number one seed.

This year the Wisconsin Badgers have entered the fold of those separate group of teams and are battling for the fourth and final top seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

What exactly needs to happen for them to gain elite status in this year’s tournament?

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Green Bay Packers get upgrade and risk with Julius Peppers


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On Saturday morning, Ted Thompson and the Green Bay Packers made a splash with the signing of recently released Chicago Bear and 34 year old defensive end, Julius Peppers.

The deal has been reported to be worth three years and up to $30 million with $7.5 million in guaranteed money.

In the grand scheme of things, the money shouldn’t be a problem if Peppers can do the freakishly athletic things he’s been able to do for most of his career.

The problem lies in whether Peppers is truly a fit for Green Bay’s 3-4 defense and/or whether he has enough left in the tank to make a difference in what was one of the leagues’ worst defenses in 2013? [Read more...]

Wisconsin Badgers Sam Dekker shouldn’t leave for 2015 NBA Draft


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Sam Dekker made his debut with the Wisconsin Badgers in 2012 and ever since there has been rumblings of the kid eventually leaving for the NBA.

There’s no doubt he should make the jump to the pros, the questions lie in when he’s ready to make the jump and will his game translate to the next level?

Our resident basketball expert, David Kay, has Dekker going 19th overall in his 2015 NBA Mock Draft. However, I strongly feel that the young forward should stay through his senior year to be the best prospect he can be.

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Badgers Fans should be all in for Ryan Suter in 2014 Sochi Olympics


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Americans typically have no problem getting exciting to watch the Olympics which is completely understandable because we have undoubtedly some of the best athletes in the world.

However, what makes Americans the most excited about “The Games,” is when they can cheer on for a local hero.

The state of Wisconsin is in for a treat in the 2014 Sochi Olympics because former Badgers defenseman and Madison, Wis., native Ryan Suter is one of the top dogs on the United State Hockey Team.

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Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco: brutally honest playoff preview


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The Green Bay Packers hosting a wildcard playoff game at Lambeau Field seemed impossible to imagine just a month ago.

But here they are, welcoming the San Francisco 49ers in to the frigid cold for a shot at traveling to either Seattle or Carolina for a shot at the NFC Championship Game.

Can quarterback Aaron Rodgers build upon his monumental return by knocking off a 49ers team that has given the Packers all kinds of fits over the past two years?

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Wisconsin couldn’t stop South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl


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Wisconsin had no problem running the ball as Melvin Gordon and James White combined for 250 rushing yards to become the first duo in FBS history to mount 1,400 rushing yards each.

The problem was stopping the South Carolina Gamecocks who did whatever they wanted offensively en route to a 34-24 victory over Wisconsin in the 2014 Capital One Bowl.

Bucky and the Badgers keep reaching significant bowl games, but just can’t find a way to win as they drop their fourth straight bowl contest. [Read more...]

#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #9 South Carolina: brutally honest preview


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Both the Wisconsin Badgers and the South Carolina Gamecocks finished the 2013 college football season a loss away from probable BCS-Bowl births.

Instead they ended up in the Capital One Bowl which is basically a consolation bowl game for two of the best teams in the Big Ten and SEC conferences.

Forget about the non-BCS label and everyone wins when you consider how enticing a match-up between the Badgers and Gamecocks on New Year’s Day is.

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Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears: brutally honest preview


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It’s the final week of the regular season and the winner of the NFC North comes down to the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears who have combined to lose 14 games this season.

The Packers are fresh off a disheartening loss at home to the stumbling Pittsburgh Steelers while the Bears are licking their wounds after a 54-11 shellacking courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Believe it or not, this is what sets up Championship Week from the cold confines of the upper Midwest.

Update: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his return from a broken collarbone.

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