Friday, March 22, 2013

Ugly basketball dooms but doesn’t define the Wisconsin Badgers

Ben Brust, Jared Berggren

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.

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

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

Bo Ryan B1G Ten Tourney

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.”

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

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.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Will the Green Bay Packers draft Wisconsin's Montee Ball?

Montee Ball combine

The Wisconsin Badgers held their annual Pro Day on Wednesday and in attendance was the architect of the Green Bay Packers potent offense.

Packers General Manager, Ted Thompson, made the short drive to Madison to take a look at a small group of Badgers prospects who have high hopes of being drafted in the upcoming  2013 NFL Draft.

Wisconsin's most notable prospect is Montee Ball, a highly regarded running back and the NCAA's all-time leader in touchdowns.

Could Thompson and the Packers select Ball with the 26th or 55th selection in April?

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Packers Aaron Rodgers is set to become a rich man due to Baltimore’s ‘Wacco for Flacco’

Aaron Rodgers and Ted  Thompson copy

The Baltimore Ravens initiated an earthquake on Friday night when they made their 28 year old quarterback Joe Flacco the highest paid player in the NFL. Flacco, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, is set to make a staggering $120.6 million over six years.

Intuition would say that Flacco is the happiest man in the league, but in reality, that’s just not true.
Green Bay Packers front-man Aaron Rodgers is considered by most the best player in the league and just happens to be up for a contract extension this upcoming season. Rodgers currently is the 13th highest paid player at his position at 12.7 million per year.

Can’t you just picture Rodgers walking by Packers General Manager Ted Thompson with that sparkle in his eye?

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