Friday, March 28, 2008

Badgers to face Cinderella


Some have coined Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup between Davidson and Wisconsin, “David(son) vs. Goliath,” but the UW men’s basketball team has spent the week preparing for a team that hardly resembles a small, weak team that on paper has no chance to slay the Badgers.
Davidson might be a small school—its enrollment barely exceeds 1,700—but it is an academic powerhouse and this year its basketball team is anything but a Cinderella.
“We realize that (Davidson) is a good team,” senior forward Brian Butch said. “You know, people look at the seeds and make a big deal about it. But for us, they’ve beaten two great teams to get where they’re at now.”
The Wildcats’ wins over Gonzaga and Georgetown last weekend were two of the biggest wins of the season for Davidson, a main reason why its 22-game win streak entering the tournament only resulted in a No. 10 seed. I sure hope that Bucky can advance to the Elite 8. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Badgers Advance to Sweet 16

Freshmen forwards Michael Beasley and Bill Walker might be playing in the NBA next season, but the No. 3-seed Wisconsin Badgers taught the two young stars and the rest of the Kansas State Wildcats a lesson in team defense as UW defeated KSU 72-55 Saturday afternoon at the Qwest Center.
The win advanced the Badgers (31-4) to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 and also broke a school record for most victories in a season.
Several pundits in the national media predicted the No. 11-seed Wildcats (21-12) would upset Wisconsin, but the Badgers held Kansas State to its lowest scoring output of the season.
Wisconsin will play 10th seeded Davidson at 6:10 pm on Friday in Detroit. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Badgers Focus on Task At Hand


To the outside world, it's likely the Cal State Fullerton men's basketball team is viewed as another one of those so-called midmajor outfits.
So, why do guys like Joe Krabbenhoft look at the Titans as a major challenge?
"They're very talented, and they're here for a reason," the University of Wisconsin junior swingman said on Wednesday as the third-seeded Badgers (29-4) prepare for today's NCAA first-round Midwest Region game against No. 14 seed Fullerton (24-8).
"They're loaded with about three or four players who can play. Obviously, we're not looking past them. Just by looking at a sheet, looking at the numbers, they belong. There's no doubt about that." The Badgers obviously remember last year when they were knocked out out the NCAA Tournament prematurely. If they do not make to at least the sweet sixteen their critics will once again call the team overrated. I think with the experience that the team has from last year will help them advance in the NCAA Tournament. If the Badgers do win tonight they will play again on Saturday. I am contemplating a trip to Omaha for the weekend, if I decide to go I will need a couple of Badger tickets. I hope after the game tonight I am checking out prices on the Internet. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Bucky goes to Omaha as a #3 seed.

Here is a riddle, what do Rodney Dangerfield and the Wisconsin Badger Basketball team have in common? Neither one of them get any respect. What does Bucky have to do to earn some? They were ranked 8th in the country and they won their conference and their conference tournament. I think that there is some obvious favoritism going on when it comes to the seeding.
The second question is whether or not to follow Bucky to Omaha. I don't know about you but I have never been to Omaha so I am not sure what to expect. The only thing I know about Omaha is it the place where they have the mail order steaks. (UMMM STEAK). But besides that I don't know a thing about it. Maybe I will does some Internet research tonight and report my findings tomorrow. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Big Ten Tournament Time

Now that the Badgers have accomplished their first goal in winning the regular season Big Ten crown the next goal is on the horizon, which is of course the Big Ten Tournament. In fact I myself am contemplating a road trip this weekend to Indianapolis. I have been there before and the downtown is awesome to party, and a five hour drive from Madison doesn't sound too bad. The next question is what to do about tickets for the game. I was checking out prices online and they seem pretty reasonable. And if anyone does make it to Indy and would like a big piece of charred meat, St. Elmo's is highly recommended.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Badgers Close Regular Season Ranked Sixth


After winning the 17th Big Ten Title in school history, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (26-4, 16-2 Big Ten) finished the regular season ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. Last week the Badgers beat Penn State 77-41 on Senior Night to clinch a share of the 2008 Big Ten Championship then took down Northwestern 65-52 to claim the outright title.
This accomplishment says so much about the Badger Basketball team and so much more about their Coach Bo Ryan. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Bucky Claims The Big Ten Championship


Needing a win to claim sole possession of the Big Ten’s regular season title, the Badgers handed the Wildcats a 65-52 loss to eliminate the possibility of sharing the title with Indiana and Purdue.
“When someone says, ‘Who was the Big Ten champs this year?’ they won’t say Wisconsin, Indiana and Purdue; they’ll just say Wisconsin,” junior Marcus Landry said. “For us to have that we had to come out there, contribute and play our hearts out.”
The Badgers had claimed partial possession with a win over Penn State last Wednesday, but the weekend win sealed it up.
“To win it outright is nice because then it eliminates some of the conversation about this part of the season,” Badger coach Bo Ryan said.
I am looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament this weekend in Indianapolis. I hope the Badgers can pull it off and possibly have a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. GO BUCKY!!!!