Less than a week ago, it looked like No. 6 Wisconsin’s Saturday opponent, Michigan, was dead in the water. The Wolverines (5-3 Big Ten, 12-8 overall) lost their star player Caris Levert, seemingly ruining a season that was already looking forgettable. The Badgers (6-1, 18-2) were going to get to throw Frank Kaminsky and company at a big man rotation consisting of two unheralded freshmen and a 6-foot-7 junior.
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Take away Traevon Jackson with a foot injury, add Frank Kaminsky back after a one-game concussion scare and you get a strong looking Badgers team, at least for now.
It’s amazing what one week can do for a program.
The Badgers (10-1) aced the easiest final they will see all week Saturday in the Kohl Center, an 86-43 beatdown of Nicholls State (1-5).
Say this for Bret Bielema: When he bolted from Wisconsin, it at least made a lick of sense. “Bert” was apparently unhappy with how much he was allowed to pay his assistants (which is fair, considering NC State pays its assistants more than Wisconsin) and had seen coaching staff after coaching staff lose key football minds to more aggressive schools. The sparkle and money of the SEC shone bright, so Bielema made a career move that was at the very least lateral and was understandable when you consider what the SEC was at the time: the only way to win a national championship.
Three days after falling to Duke in an offensive shootout, Wisconsin (8-1) went back to its roots and grinded out a 49-38 win at their in-state rival Marquette (4-4).
At 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Kohl Center becomes the undisputed center of the college basketball world. No. 2 Wisconsin (7-0) will welcome No. 4 Duke (7-0) to Madison in the headliner of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Two preseason All-American centers, senior Frank Kaminsky and freshman Jahlil Okafor, will square in a clash of two completely different recruiting and development paths.
They didn’t have to play UNC or Florida, but the Badgers will happily take their Battle 4 Atlantis trophy home to Madison as they prepare for Wednesday’s heavyweight match against Duke. Wisconsin won the tournament by way of a 69-56 victory over Oklahoma in the final.
Wisconsin (5-0) continued its scorched-earth run to begin the season, downing UAB (2-2) 72-43 in their fifth straight win of 20 points or more to begin the season. This was the Badgers' first game in the loaded Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
A multitude of incentives drive the teams of the Big Ten going into this final weekend of the regular season. The bottom teams play for pride, the middle plays for bowl placement, Minnesota and Wisconsin play for the division and Ohio State plays to gratuitiously humiliate Michigan.
Like many college basketball fans, I tuned into the Champions Classic, watched Kentucky destroy Kansas 74-40 and came away with one very strong conclusion: Kentucky is college basketball’s Death Star this year. They are literally and figuratively the biggest team in the country and it’s going to take perfect execution from something very specific to take them down (I’m thinking outside shooting from stretch forwards).
Thanks to Wisconsin’s, to put it politely, bulldozing of Nebraska, we now have a clear pitcure of what the Big Ten championship will look like. Ohio State has the East effectively sewn up and the Badgers continue to control their destiny, but now with some brand new safety cushions.
It could have been Wisconsin’s stacked frontcourt that burned the Phoenix. Could have been the early foul trouble. Could have been Keifer Sykes’ inability to clone himself.
The Badgers (1-0) did exactly what they were supposed to on college basketball’s opening night: receive their Final Four rings and dominate a lesser opponent. Head coach Bo Ryan’s squad began their 2014-’15 campaign with a 62-31 dismantling of Northern Kentucky (0-1).
Hail Ohio State, new undisputed kings of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have the inside track to the Big Ten championship and aren’t entirely eliminated from the College Football Playoff (although it’s going to require some very specific sequences of events to get them in). Now, we move onto the game that will likely decide the West.
This would be the calm before the storm in the Big Ten, as division supremacy will reveal itself in the next two weeks, Ohio State vs. Michigan State and Nebraska vs. Wisconsin.
Ranked No. 3 in the AP Poll. Unanimous preseason Big Ten favorite. Two players picked for All-American teams. It’s not crazy to say this is the most anticipated basketball team in Wisconsin history.
The biggest development from last week was the clear establishment of a big four for the conference, resulting from a convincing beatdown by Wisconsin. Michigan State and Nebraska also impressed, while Ohio State let things get a little too close for comfort.
Returning the entirety of a Final Four team save one high-volume shooter in guard Ben Brust, you wouldn’t blame head coach Bo Ryan for changing as little as possible with his team. However, judging from what has been seen in practice and the Red/White Scrimmage, there are some changes coming to the rotations.