The Wisconsin Badgers will likely not be picked to win the Big Ten let alone the national championship in the 2013-14 college basketball season. Still, does this team have what it takes to at least compete for a national title?
The obvious answer here is yes.
Bo Ryan is a great coach and as long as he is the head coach Wisconsin will have a great defense. That was the case last year and the same will be the case in the upcoming season.
However, every great team needs a good offense and that is where Sam Dekker and Ben Brust come into play. Brust led the team last year in scoring with 11.1 points per game, however, it is Dekker who has the most potential on this team.
He is lights out from anywhere on the court and he stands at 6’7”. As a freshman, he averaged 9.6 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game in just 22.3 minutes per game. With more playing time, he will be one of the best players in the conference and one of the best players in the nation.
He is that talented, but he will need to average quite a bit for the Badgers to truly be title contenders. Brust scoring even more points would be great as well.
Nigel Hayes and other incoming freshmen need to step up also, but other than playing great defense, like most Wisconsin teams know how to do, Dekker will have to break out in the 2013-14 season. However, this team definitely has the talent to compete for a national championship.