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Friday, January 21, 2022

Basketball

Nigel Hayes
BASKETBALL

Can’t spell bracket without racket: NCAA’s non-profit problem

With NCAA March Madness at a lull until Sweet 16 play begins Thursday, now is as good a time as ever to discuss the state of NCAA athletics.  Setting aside the human factor of student-athletes and coaches engaging in acts of misconduct, we can look toward the root of the problem lying in the broken structure of collegiate athletics today. The problem runs the entire gamut of college athletics, whether it is from the bottom in the arbitrary rules and regulations that student-athletes are subject to, all the way up to how the NCAA works as a cartel, but I see most of the controversy bubbling to the surface in student-athletes.


Josh Gasser
BASKETBALL

UW plucks Ducks, advances to the Sweet 16

OMAHA, Neb.—Locked in an intense NCAA Tournament battle with the Oregon Ducks for a second consecutive year, the Wisconsin Badgers desperately needed someone to deliver a huge second-half performance to keep their dreams of a national title alive.


Sam Dekker and Elgin Cook
BASKETBALL

Rematch with Oregon lacking in familiar faces

In case you haven’t heard, the No. 1-seeded Badgers (32-3 overall) are playing No. 8-seed Oregon in the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 32 for the second year in a row. The Badgers return almost the same team. The Ducks? Not so much.


Duke
BASKETBALL

The statistics behind Cinderella teams

March Madness is the best playoff system of any sport at any level, and it isn’t even close. The combination of a huge number of teams and the single-game elimination system makes it unpredictable every year. So unpredictable, in fact, we haven’t seen two No. 1 seeds make the championship since 2008, the only year where all four No. 1s made the Final Four. And there haven’t been multiple 1-seeds in the Final Four since 2009, when Connecticut and North Carolina were the only two.


Sam Dekker
BASKETBALL

Badgers burn Purdue, move on to Big Ten title game

The situation was worrisome at halftime. Purdue led 35-30 and had held off an impressive UW push to tie the game going into the locker room. The Boilermakers’ star center A.J. Hammons was dominating on both sides of the floor, scoring 10 points and holding Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky to just four points. Purdue had played an excellent half of basketball and it was definitely possible they could keep it up and shock the nation.


Frank Kaminsky
BASKETBALL

Badgers hold off Michigan in Big Ten quarterfinals

CHICAGO–While shooting around before the game, Duje Dukan received a warm welcome from a group of United Center security guards. That moment was just the beginning of what ended up being a special homecoming for the redshirt senior forward, who grew up in the Chicago area.



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