Friday, January 30, 2009

Can The Men's B-Ball turn it around?

Following yet another heartbreaking defeat against Purdue, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team looks to end its five-game losing streak tomorrow evening at Welsh-Ryan Arena against the Northwestern Wildcats.
Wisconsin’s loss on Jan. 27 marked the first time in Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan’s career at UW that he has lost five in a row and the first time he has lost consecutive home games.
The Badgers (12-8, 3-5 Big Ten), whose last victory came against the Wildcats (10-7, 2-5 Big Ten) Jan. 7, will be looking to shut down a Northwestern team that has won three of its last four games, including a huge upset over previously No. 7 Michigan State in East Lansing.
Leading by five points with just under five minutes left against Purdue, the Badgers broke down again, leaving them with another distressing loss against a conference opponent.
The Badgers return to the Kohl Center on Feb. 5th. I look forward to the Badgers resuming their winnings ways and regaining their home court advantage

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bo's Boys lose to Gophers in OT

The way the Minnesota men's basketball team rallied to defeat the University of Wisconsin 78-74 in overtime Thursday night can help define a season for a program on the rise.
It raises painful questions for the players on the losing team, who must stave off that element of doubt that can creep in and erode focus.
"These are the games that hurt, these are the games that stick with you, these are the games that you never want to happen again in the future,'' said UW senior forward Marcus Landry after the Badgers' milestone loss.
Besides the fact it was their second consecutive Big Ten Conference loss and dropped the Badgers (12-5, 3-2 Big Ten) out of second place, it was the first-ever win at the 11-year-old Kohl Center for the 18th-ranked Gophers (16-1, 4-1) and their first in Madison since 1994. "We don't want another game like this again,'' a quiet Landry repeated during the postgame press conference. "So it's really important that we take it to heart and learn from it.'' But the mistakes the Badgers made when they let Minnesota rally from a 53-44 deficit in the final 3:24 of regulation and send the game into overtime are ones that have plagued them previously this season. Ditto for the overtime period, when Minnesota scored the first seven points before the Badgers woke up and started to play.
How many times have they dribbled right into a trap or made a poor pass in the midst of a double team? How many times have they inexplicably let a weaker team dictate the tempo at key moments?
And how many times have they been unable to stop the other team's top scorer when he gets a hot hand? This time it was junior guard Lawrence Westbrook, who sealed the win by scoring nine of his career-high 29 points in the overtime.
I hope that the team can pull it together, because we all know how important it is to be playing your best come tournament time. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!