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…]

Wisconsin Badgers knock off top-seeded Indiana and improve resume in the process

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Wisconsin Badgers forward Ryan Evans had the game of his life while leading the Badgers with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four blocks in a 68-57 win over the top-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.

The Badgers had an underwhelming end to the regular season with a home loss to Purdue and a needed buzzer-beater to fend off lowly Penn State. Yet, they’ve taken the United Center by storm and are one win away from winning the Big Ten Tournament in a year the conference reigns over the college basketball world.

After beating Indiana for the 12th straight time and holding the Hoosiers to a season-low 56 points, Wisconsin’s head coach Bo Ryan said it best:

“There are just things in this game where no matter how you try to explain them, they defy explanation or reason.” [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan should be the 2013 Big Ten Coach of the Year

Bo Ryan 2013 Coach of the Year

At the end of a tough non-conference schedule, pundits and fans alike speculated that there was no way Bo Ryan could take a Wisconsin Badgers team without their starting point guard and contend for a Big Ten Title.

The Badgers were throttled at Florida (74-56 loss), picked apart by Creighton (84-74 loss), shocked by Virginia at home (60-54) and embarrassed by in-state rival Marquette (60-50 loss).

Not exactly the ideal way to go in to play in the best conference in America.

And now at the conclusion of their Big Ten slate and a 12-6 conference record, we’ve learned what everyone should have already known.

NEVER DOUBT BO who should be the Big Ten’s 2013 Coach of the Year. [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Ryan Evans goes with the unorthodox jump shot free throw

Ryan Evans at the line

In an attempt to improve his woeful free throw percentage, Wisconsin Badgers starting forward Ryan Evans decided to change up his free throw shooting style a bit.

Channeling former NBA pros Hal Greer and Rick Barry, Evans decided to take a step back from the charity stripe and throw up a jump shot.

On the two occasions he was at the line in a 77-46 drubbing of Nebraska, he went 2-of-2 and will most likely make the permanent switch to the jump shot free throw. [Read more…]

#26 Wisconsin Badgers: College Basketball 111 in 111

Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

My normal rule is never under any circumstances predict a Bo Ryan-led Wisconsin Badgers team outside of the Top 25 in my preseason rankings.  However, the devastating torn ACL injury suffered by Josh Gasser in the preseason is a massive loss that has me going against my usual instincts.

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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…]

#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…]

Ryan Evans is Having a Breakout Season for the Wisconsin Badgers

 

 

 

 

 

 

No longer known for just his insanely cool Kid ‘n Play haircut, the Wisconsin Badgers junior forward Ryan Evans is starting to get noticed for his solid production on the court.

Evans has scored double-digits in ten games this season and is one of the best defenders on a squad which ranks tops in the NCAA when it comes to locking down opponents.

The native of Phoenix, Arizona is one of the biggest surprises of a wild-and-crazy season in the Big Ten. [Read more…]

CONTROVERSIAL Buzzer Beater Ending as #10 Michigan St. wins at #18 Wisconsin

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It’s only the third of the year yet Wisconsin has three home losses this college basketball season. Seriously, when do the Badgers lose more than twice at the Kohl Center in an entire season? Let alone three times?

No. 18 Wisconsin fell to 12-4 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten with a 63-60, overtime loss to No. 10 Michigan State (14-2, 3-0) tonight. What a way for Tom Izzo to get his first ever win at the Kohl Center. The game appeared headed to double overtime after Ryan Evans’ 3-pointer at the buzzer of the first overtime. However, the play was reviewed, and it was determined by the officials that the ball was still in Evans’ hands as the clock hit zero.

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