Ugly basketball dooms but doesn’t define the Wisconsin Badgers

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Wisconsin’s worst of fears were confirmed on Friday afternoon when Ole Miss pulled the cliche-but-common 12/5 upset in a dramatic 57-46 win over the Badgers.

The Badgers uncharacteristically lost the turnover battle, 11-to-9, and shot an atrocious 25.4 percent from the field.

Many felt Ole Miss was a borderline tournament team and the most publicized player in this year’s Big Dance has unfortunately been the polarizing Marshall Henderson who willed himself to be the top-scorer with the an inefficient 19 points on 6-of-21 shooting.

Considering the way the Badgers performed, it’s not farfetched to say it was the worst tournament loss of the Bo Ryan era, but one dark day shouldn’t define what Wisconsin did in 2012-13. [Read more…]

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…]

#15 Wisconsin Badgers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Underestimating Bo Ryan’s ability to coach up his guys is like saying Minka Kelly is ugly; it’s just downright idiotic.  Regardless of who is gone or who is returning, Ryan always has the Wisconsin Badgers competing for a Big Ten title and a threat to make the Sweet 16.  This year will be no different as UW boasts the best point guard in the country; Jordan Taylor.  (Yeah, I said it.)

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Badgers’ Mike Bruesewitz Sheds Fro for a Good Cause

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In an effort to raise awareness for multiple sclerosis, Badger sophomore Mike Bruesewitz shaved his trademark red curly hair Wednesday during “Wake Up Wisconsin” on Madison’s WKOW-TV.

Bruesewitz partnered with the National MS Society to raise money and awareness for those with multiple sclerosis. The goal is to raise a minimum of $3,100 dollars, which reflects the sophomore guards’ jersey No. 31.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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Wisconsin Badgers 2010-2011 Recap, Early Look Ahead to 2012


Overall, the Wisconsin Badgers 2010-2011 season should be considered a success seeing that they weren’t even expected to finish in the upper half of the Big Ten.

Not only did they finish in the upper half, they went 25-9 (13-5 in Big Ten) and finished third in the conference. The 25 wins were the third most in a single season in school history.

However, the season could also be looked at as a missed opportunity as the Badgers hovered around the top 10 to finish the season. but were only able to salvage a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

By: Nick Grays

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Sweet 16 Preview: This Wisconsin Team Is Not Your Typical Badgers Team


Here we go again as the embarrassment of riches gets even richer for the state of Wisconsin. As if it wasn’t enough for fans to see the Badgers in the Rose Bowl and the Packers in the Super Bowl, we now have the Badgers basketball team in the Sweet 16.

A match-up with the #8-seeded Butler Bulldogs awaits the Badgers who are playing in their fifth Sweet 16 since 2000.

After making the NCAA Tournament for a 13th consecutive season, the fourth-longest active streak in the nation, could this be the year Wisconsin makes a deep run to the Final Four?

By: Nick Grays

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NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional Sweet 16 Breakdown

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Butler has done it again; knocking off Pitt in the third round of the NCAA Tournament featuring a crazy ending with two somewhat controversial foul calls in the final seconds.  Now the Bulldogs are in the Sweet 16 of the Southeast Regional along with Wisconsin, Florida, and Jimmer Fredette’s BYU Cougars.  Here is the breakdown of Thursday night’s games and who I think will be heading to the Final Four.

By: David Kay
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Wisconsin Nips the Wildcats 70-65: NCAA 3rd Round Rapid Reaction


Jordan Taylor didn’t have his best game shooting (2-of-16), but came through in the end with the biggest block of his life as the #4 Wisconsin Badgers defeated the #5 Kansas State Wildcats 70-65 in another March Madness thriller.

The Wildcats Jacob Pullen scored a crazy game-high 38 points and became Kansas State’s all-time scoring leader, but it wasn’t enough because Taylor’s rejection of Pullen’s last shot has the Badgers dancing all the way to the Sweet 16.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Downs Belmont 72-58: NCAA 2nd Round Rapid Reaction


So much for the #13 Belmont Bruins being that trendy 13-4 upset pick. The #4 Wisconsin Badgers offense returned to form in a 72-58 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Jon Leuer exploded for 17 of his game-high 22 points in the second half to lead the Badgers to their fifth consecutive opening-game win.

“We knew we were playing a very good team. We knew we were going to have to hit some shots. And when we’re hitting shots, believe it or not, we tend to play better,” said Badgers Head Coach Bo Ryan.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Badgers Take Down #1 Undefeated Ohio State


For the second time this season, a Wisconsin Badgers program has knocked off an undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes team ranked #1 by the AP. The football team did it in October and now the #13 Badgers (19-5, 9-3) have done it in basketball as they knocked off #1 Ohio State (24-1, 11-1) 71-67 on Saturday.

Jordan Taylor was magnificent while leading the Badgers with 27 points and seven assists in front of an electric crowd at the Kohl Center.

By: Nick Grays

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Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 69 Indiana 60

The #17 Wisconsin Badgers outlasted the Indiana Hoosiers 69-60 behind a career-high 28 points from Jordan Taylor.

Wisconsin (14-4, 4-2) has won their last seven against Indiana (10-9, 1-5) and their last last 14 at the Kohl Center. While a win is a win, the Badgers clash with the Hoosiers was a lot closer than expected.

By: Nick Grays

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Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 70 Green Bay 56


The Badgers continued their winning ways at the Kohl Center with a 70-56 victory over the Green Bay Phoenix.  The win  marks a sweep of the three in-state rivals for the first time since 2006-07 and the sixth time in the Bo Ryan era.

Wisconsin (9-2) also avenged an 88-84 overtime loss to the Phoenix (4-7) in Green Bay last season. Since the loss to Notre Dame on November 28th, the Badgers have reeled off five straight wins.

By: Nick Grays

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