From summer workouts to the first day they ran the hill and all the way to the NCAA Tournament, one word led the way to an improbable season for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team. Four letters spell it out clearly on the wall of Bo Ryan’s office: “NEXT.”
No other word to describe what the 2007-’08 Badgers had to do to be successful after losing Alando Tucker, Kammron Taylor and Jason Chappell to graduation. New guys had to step up in the scoring department, new leaders had to emerge to keep the team chemistry high and more than anything, a coach with over 500 career wins had to make sure it all happened quickly.
What resulted was one of the most memorable seasons in Wisconsin basketball history. In arguably Ryan’s best season of coaching, an entire team effort led to a school-record 31 wins, an outright Big Ten title, a Big Ten Tournament title and a Sweet 16 appearance, all while a number of players said multiple times, “This was the closest team I have ever been a part of.”
I believe this all can be attributed to Coach Bo Ryan. He has done an amazing job since he came to the University of Wisconsin. I can wait until Badger Basketball Tickets are on sale for next year. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!