Friday, April 4, 2014

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.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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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Saturday, March 29, 2014

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 Cardinals 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.

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Tournament Notebook: Elite Eight Picks for 2014

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I don’t know about you guys, but the 2014 Sweet 16 was one of the best in a long time. I went 6-2 on picks, including upset picks of Dayton and Kentucky. The beauty of the NCAA Tournament is the quick turnaround in consecutive rounds. Here’s my elite eight picks for 2014:

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tournament Notebook: Sweet 16 Picks for 2014


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Cinderellas have joined the party and ratings are up as all is Madness in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. It’s safe to say that a little unexpected and a little expected occurred over the first weekend of games. I’m not sure anyone saw six overtime games though.

Despite all the madness over the second and third rounds, 10 of the 16 teams still alive are seeded 1-through-4. Let’s forget about your brackets and pick the sweet 16 match-ups slated for Thursday and Friday as most of them will probably be straight up on ESPN’ Streak for the Cash.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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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Saturday, March 15, 2014

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?

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