March Madness kicks off this weekend and, as a delicious appetizer, the Badgers begin their Big Ten tournament Friday against Ohio State.
Just two years ago, Wisconsin and Ohio State found themselves battling in the Big Ten title game. Now the Badgers head into the tournament as the fourth seed and Ohio State follows as the fifth. The Big Ten enjoyed a significant increase in competitiveness from top to bottom over the last couple months, and every team, especially this year, has a shot at the championship.
The Badgers’ 85-61 victory over Indiana last Sunday showed a surprising outburst of offense, which could prove useful against the Buckeyes. In their only meeting this season, Wisconsin crawled to a 24-23 lead over Ohio State at half and managed to hold them off in the second half, winning 55-50.
Although Wisconsin allowed Ohio State to shoot 55 percent from the field, they managed to keep the Buckeyes’ scoring down. A key to the game for the Badgers was forcing 19 turnovers. Assistant coach Gary Close said they don’t focus on creating turnovers, but heads-up interior defense can put pressure on the other team.
I sure hope Bucky can pull it off on Friday so I have a reason to go to a bar at noon on Saturday. That would make my weekend. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!