Before head coach Bo Ryan was the head guy at Wisconsin, he was the headman at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1999-01. Ryan started a trend of success for the Milwaukee Panthers that was followed up by Bruce Pearl (2001-2005) and current head coach Rob Jeter.
After a rough season, the Panthers have rebounded nicely. Despite being picked to finish second to last in the Horizon League, the Panthers have jumped out to a 9-2 started. Matt Tiby, the sophomore sensation from Urbandale, Iowa, has been the x-factor for the Panthers leading the team in both points (14.7) and rebounds (6.8).
Jeter has his Panthers poised to make their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2006. His team has been in every game this season. That is, until the Panthers took on the red-hot Badgers.
The Panthers may have been on a roll, but the Badgers have been on fire. After coach Ryan had his first one and done appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, his program has rebounded nicely with their best start in school history. At 10-0, the No. 4 ranked Badgers can chalk up their early success to one man; Frank Kaminsky.
Kaminsky is the most improved player in the Big 10 Conference. With 18 more minutes on the court, Kaminsky has scored 10 more points per game, increased his shooting percentage from both the floor and the three-point percentage by 10 percent and matched his number of three point makes of 15 from last season Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
Kamisky and three other Badgers scored double figures as the team improved to 11-0 with a 78-52 rout of Milwaukee. The state of Wisconsin has two teams that are poised to make a run in the NCAA Tournament. The Badgers sent a clear message Wednesday night that Wisconsin is their state.