Wisconsin Basketball: 5 Early Predictions for Badgers' 2014-15 Season

By Matt Johnson

Wisconsin Badgers: 5 Early Predictions for 2014-15

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As hard it may be to believe, another college basketball season will kick off in less than two months. With that mind, teams from around the nation are beginning their preparations for the 2014-15 campaign. Coming off an impressive run to the Final Four last season, there will be plenty of expectations for the Wisconsin Badgers heading into the new year. Here are five early predictions for coach Bo Ryan and his team.

5. Wisconsin Will Win Big Ten Title in 2014-15

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5. Wisconsin Will Win Big Ten Title in 2014-15

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The Big Ten has boasted plenty of quality teams in recent years, but no other squad brings back as much firepower in 2014-15 as Bo Ryan’s Badgers. Behind versatile big-man Frank Kaminsky, emerging star Sam Dekker and steady point guard Traevon Jackson, the Badgers have all the makings of a conference title team.

4. The Badgers Will Go Undefeated At Home

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4. The Badgers Will Go Undefeated At Home

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Few teams around the nation enjoy a better home-court advantage than Wisconsin. Playing in front of nearly 18,000 fans each night at the Kohl Center, the Badgers have amassed a record of 195-21 during Ryan’s 13 years as head coach. With a roster considered one the best in school history, it would be surprising if Wisconsin dropped a game at home during the 2014-15 campaign.

3. Frank Kaminsky Will Win Big Ten Player of the Year Award

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3. Frank Kaminsky Will Win Big Ten Player of the Year Award

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Frank Kaminsky seemingly came out of nowhere on the way to garnering first-team All-Conference honors last season. The skilled seven-footer posted career-high averages of 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest while becoming one of the nation’s premier players. Boasting a highly developed post-up game to go along with a soft shooting touch from the outside, Kaminsky figures to pile up individual awards this season.

2. Wisconsin Will Win 30 Games in 2014-15

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2. Wisconsin Will Win 30 Games in 2014-15

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The Badgers went 30-8 last season while making their run to the Final Four. With four starters returning in 2014-15 and a deep bench consisting of Nigel Hayes, Bronson Koenig and Duje Dukan, Wisconsin has enough skill and depth to wear teams down late in games. If everyone performs up to expectations, the Badgers should be able to duplicate their 30-win output of 2013-14.

1. The Badgers Will Advance to the Final Four

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1. The Badgers Will Advance to the Final Four

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Wisconsin surprised plenty of people with their run to the Final Four last season. No one should be surprised if the Badgers repeat that accomplishment again this year. They’re talented, deep and experienced. If things come together, there’s no reason not to expect Wisconsin to take the court in Indianapolis for another Final Four in 2014-15.

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