I’m not sure how many times I’ve said it this season, but I guess I will say it again: never count out the Wisconsin Badgers, at least as long as Bo Ryan is the head coach.
The Badgers proved again why they should never be ruled out as a contender after sending the Indiana Hoosiers packing in the semifinal round of the Big Ten tournament on Saturday. Wisconsin won 68-56, and has given itself an opportunity to be champions of a conference considered to be the best in the country.
No one should really be surprised by the outcome — the Badgers are simply playing their best when it matters most.
”We’re playing our best basketball at the end of the season, and that’s what you want to do,” Bruesewitz said in a post-game press conference.
Ryan Evans scored 16 points to pave the way, and the Badgers have now won 12 consecutive games against the Hoosiers, an impressive run of dominance in a league where no win is every easy to come by, let alone one against Indiana.
Ben Brust added 12 points in the win. Sam Dekker scored 11. And once again, the Badgers stepped it up big time on defense, allowing only seven points in the final 9:45 of the game.
I don’t know if Wisconsin will win the Big Ten championship today, but what I do know about the Badgers is that they are not going to be a pushover in the NCAA tournament.
They are good enough to make a run at the Final Four because the Badgers always seem to play their best when it matters most.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.