Those people apparently don’t know much about college basketball, because if you have a clue about the game, you know the Badgers play defense as well as any team in the nation.
And as we all know, defense trumps athleticism most of the time.
That was the case Saturday in Madison. Wisconsin slowed the third-ranked Wolverines’ offensive attack to a crawl in a 65-62 overtime win.
Ben Brust sent the game into OT with a phenomenal shot from near half-court. He sealed the deal on the victory with 40 seconds to play in the extra session and ended his afternoon with 14 points.
Michigan shot 39.4 percent from the field, struggling to find answers against a Wisconsin team that showed no mercy on the defensive end of the floor.
In OT, the Wolverines made only one shot from the field.
Wisconsin isn’t a flashy team. The Badgers don’t wow you with the kind of plays that make ESPN. But what the Badgers do is dig deep on defense and force opponents to find a different way to win a game than how they are accustomed to winning.
Maybe the Badgers won’t win the Big Ten and maybe they won’t go deep into the NCAA tournament, but if you think Wisconsin isn’t good enough to compete with the best teams in the nation, you need to go freshen up your knowledge of college basketball.
One thing is for sure, the players really don’t care what critics think.
“We have a group of guys in that locker room that believe and is going to fight until the end, until you tell us we can’t play anymore basketball,” Wisconsin star Jared Berggren said in a post-game press conference. “We just find a way to get it done.”
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.