Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas From Bucky Badger

Here is to wishing all fellow Badger fans a Merry Christmas. After a year of living the highs and lows in Badgerland I believe we have many things to be thankful for. As a football fanatic I am sorry to say the number 1 highlight of the year is:
Wisconsin Men’s Basketball vs. Duke, Dec. 2, 73-69 Wisconsin
In college sports, there are not many more exciting moments for fans than when their school brings in a prestigious non-conference opponent for a big home game. That’s exactly what Badger fans got when the Duke Blue Devils traveled up to Madison. Wisconsin jumped out to a 12-5 lead to start the game and didn’t looked back. Propelled by 26 points from Trevon Hughes and some clutch free-throw shooting and defense late in the game, the Badgers never trailed, holding on for the upset victory over the No. 6 Blue Devils.
The victory for the Badgers was a special one on multiple levels, with the most obvious being the fact that Wisconsin beat a program like Duke. Regardless of who is on the team, or even particularly how good the team is that year, a win over Duke is a signature victory the UW fans, players and coaching staff can remember for the rest of their lives.
When one thinks about big college basketball victories, NCAA Tournament games will likely come to mind first. But there is something to be said about a big victory at home. The Duke victory was one thousands of fans could enjoy live, from the tip-off to the final buzzer. The crowd made the most of the chance, bringing the noise volume to an ear-piercing level at numerous points in the game and of course rushing on to the court, creating an unforgettable memory for fans at the Kohl Center.
The icing on the cake was that the game helped secure an unexpected victory for the Big Ten in the Challenge, its first in the 11-year history of the affair, and marked Duke’s loss in the challenge.
Wisconsin’s home win over No. 6 Duke this season should go down as its greatest regular season non-conference win ever. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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