Wisconsin Badgers clip the Commodores for a trip to the Sweet 16 (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to some pesky defense against the #5 Vanderbilt Commodores, the #4 Wisconsin Badgers are Boston bound for their second trip to the Sweet 16 in the last two years.

Threes were flying from everywhere with the Badgers shooting a total of 33 shots from beyond the arc. They connected on ten of them, including three a-piece for guards Ben Brust and Jordan Taylor in a 60-57 win.

Next up for the Badgers is a date with the #1 Syracuse Orange-Men who played excellent zone defense in their defeat of Kansas State in the round of 32. [Read more…]

Everything you need to know about #4 Wisconsin vs. #5 Vanderbilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a Friday full of upsets, it’s safe to say that March Madness is in full swing. However, not so much in the East Region where the bracket has been all chalk.

One of Saturday’s most intriguing match-ups features the #4 Wisconsin Badgers and #5 Vanderbilt Commodores.

Contrasting styles should have the Badgers (25-9) and Commodores (25-10) battling it out all the way to the end. [Read more…]

Everything you need to know about #4 Wisconsin vs. #13 Montana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the third consecutive year, the Big Ten’s Wisconsin Badgers have drawn a four seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year, they match-up with a Montana Grizzlies team who hail from the Big Sky Conference and have won fourteen straight games.

Even though the Badgers (24-9) are 3-0 all-time against #13 seeds and appear to be heavy favorites, I wouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the Grizzlies (25-6).

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Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers stay perfect in Senior Day Games (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a 70-56 win over the Fighting Illini, the Wisconsin Badgers’ Head Coach Bo Ryan is now 11-0 in Senior Day games at the Kohl Center.

Seniors Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson were magnificent with 24 combined points to help the Badgers (23-8, 12-6) end the regular season on a three-game winning streak.

After losing eight of their last nine games, Illinois (17-14, 6-12) would have to pull out a miracle and win the Big Ten Tournament if they want to make the NCAA Tournament.

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#8 Michigan State easily handle the #17 Wisconsin Badgers (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

The game started out with the characteristic exchange of runs for the #8 Michigan State Spartans and #17 Wisconsin Badgers, but it wasn’t long before the Spartans jumped out to a commanding lead and an impressive 69-55 win.

The Spartans (21-5, 10-3) excelled in every facet of the game and surely looked like they could be primed for another Final Four run under Tom Izzo.

Meanwhile, the Badgers (19-7, 8-5) appear to lack a realistic identity on the offensive end and were surprisingly exposed defensively at the Breslin Center.

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Wisconsin Badgers still in the hunt for a Big Ten Title

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Bo Ryan-led Wisconsin Badgers squad will rarely impress you with pure talent, but that doesn’t mean they can’t win. The Badgers run one of the least sexy offenses in the country and play such fundamental defense that they almost lull opposing teams to sleep.

This season has been no different with the #22 Badgers checking in at 19-6 and 8-4 in the Big Ten Conference, just a game and a half back of the #3 Ohio State Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2).

One difference that has popped up this season is the Badgers solid play on the road. Did you know the Badgers have lost more games at home than on the road? With an overtime win against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Wisconsin improved to 6-2 away from the Kohl Center.

With three of the next four games on the road, the Badgers hopes for a Big Ten Title will ride on continuing to compete outside the state-lines. [Read more…]

Ohio State proves to be too strong for Wisconsin with 58-52 win (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The #3 Ohio State Buckeyes keep control of their first-place standing in the Big Ten with a 58-52 win over the #20 Wisconsin Badgers. Preseason All-American Jared Sullinger was particularly strong with 24 points and 10 rebounds in the Buckeyes first win at the Kohl Center since 2000.

Wisconsin has become the poster-child for being outplayed, yet having the ability to somehow still be in the game. Today’s game was a perfect example while being out-rebounded (30-25), out-shot (43.1% to 40.0%) and out-hustled, but were still within a single point in the last couple of minutes. [Read more…]

Badgers’ All-American Rips Marquette, Team that Just Beat Him, on Twitter

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Wisconsin Badgers point guard Jordan Taylor is a pre-season All-American. A favorite for the Cousy Award (best national point guard) he’s among the most decorated seniors in all of college basketball. But he didn’t exactly act the part on Twitter yesterday.

His team suffered a rare home loss; at the hands of the Marquette Golden Eagles. Check out Taylor’s sour grapes Twitter hashtag
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Badgers Ben Brust Leads the Way in Annual Red-White Scrimmage

 

 

 

 

 

 

A serious question facing the 2011-12 Badgers is whether or not they can replace the production from departing seniors Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil and Tim Jarmusz. In Sunday’s annual Red-White Scrimmage at the Kohl Center, part of that question was possibly answered.

Sophomore guard Ben Brust stepped up in a big way to score a game-high 22 points and lead the Red to a 72-56 win over the White squad who was led by preseason All-American Jordan Taylor.

“He can have a scoring frenzy at times. He did it last year at practice every once in a while. He’s quick with the ball and includes his teammates,” said Head Coach Bo Ryan of his young guard Brust. [Read more…]

Jordan Taylor Wins Wisconsin Male Athlete of the Year (Video)


Quite possibly the most talked about Wisconsin Badger of all-time at The Sports Bank has received yet another honor. Starting point guard Jordan Taylor was named UW’s Male Athlete of the Year for his breakout junior season with the basketball team.

He helped lead the Badgers to a perfect record at the Kohl Center and was a big reason behind UW’s NCAA record for fewest turnovers at 7.6 per game.

Take the jump to watch a highlight video of Taylor put together by UW Athletics.

By: Nick Grays
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Big East, B1G Ten News: Purdue, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Penn State, Wisconsin

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Tim Abromaitis (Unionville, Conn.) is one of 22 collegian who has accepted an invitation from the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee to attend the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games training camp.

The training camp, which will be held from July 29-Aug. 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be used to select the 12-member team that will represent the USA at the 2011 World University Games men’s basketball competition Aug. 13-23 in Shenzhen, China.

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Jordan Taylor Explodes for 39 in Wisconsin’s Win Over Indiana


Wisconsin Badgers stand-out point guard and Cousy finalist Jordan Taylor was feeling it on Thursday night as he went off for a career-high 39 points in a 77-66 win over the Indiana Hoosiers.

If you had any doubts about Taylor being First-Team All-Big Ten, they should be gone now because Taylor’s performance showed why he’s the best guard in the Big Ten.

“Jordan just did some things that very few people, I think, can do against any teams,” said Head Coach Bo Ryan who has his #10 Badgers playing their best basketball at the perfect time in the college basketball season.

By: Nick Grays

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