By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on March 17, 2014
The Wisconsin Badgers landed a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament after they finished the season with a 26-7 record. The 2013-14 squad is by far one of the most talented and successful group of players Wisconsin has had in recent memory. Fans should have high expectations, as there are at least five reasons why the Badgers will win the big dance.
If the Badgers proved one thing this season, it’s their ability to get hot. Wisconsin got off to a scorching start after they defeated the Florida Gators in the second game of the season. The Badgers begun 16-0, lost five of six and then went on another tear in which they were victorious in nine of their last 11 games. Their ability to get hot at any moment makes them incredibly dangerous in the tournament.
Wisconsin’s five starters, who make up one of the more talented groups of men in the Big Ten, are about as consistent as they come. You know what you’re going to get out of each player every time they step on the court. Frank Kaminsky is the only one who surprised a bit with his performance, but it was a pleasant surprise at that. All five starters were in the lineup for all 33 games this season, which means their chemistry could go unmatched.
Bo Ryan is arguably one of the best coaches in college basketball. His impressive 291-113 overall record and 144-60 conference record is the stuff of legend. Ryan is an intense coach who expects nothing but the best from his players. That means to expect hardnosed defense and scoring in many creative ways. Ryan also makes sure his players are the most prepared they can be, which will go a long ways to them landing a Final Four bid.
The Big Ten was one of the better and more competitive conferences in college basketball this season. In fact, the stifling competition has the team well prepared for any opponent they will face in the tournament. The Badgers have seen many highs and some lows, which means they know what to expect from themselves and their capabilities on the court.
The Badgers averaged 73.5 points per game this season. They accomplished that by feeding the ball inside while making it rain from all along the perimeter. All five starters, along with every other player on the roster, are capable of knocking down three pointers. In fact, they ranked 57th in three point percentage (37.3). Whether it’s taking it to the basket or hitting a jump shot, the Badgers have multiple offensive threats.
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