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How Wisconsin Made It To The FINAL FOUR
Big TenNetwork ^ | April 2, 2014 | Tom Dienhart

Posted on 04/03/2014 2:24:35 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin

When the season dawned, Michigan State was the consensus pick to win the Big Ten. And for good reason, with talents like Gary Harris, Adreian Payne, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, among others.

Wisconsin? The Badgers were supposed to be good—they always are under Bo Ryan, never finishing lower than fourth place.

But Ryan’s club has taken things to another level this season during an unexpected march to the Final Four as a No. 2 seed after going 12-6 in the Big Ten. At one point this season, Wisconsin was 4-5 in Big Ten play. Look at the Badgers now. Incredible.

Here’s a look back at how they got to the Final Four, where a date with red-hot No. 8 Kentucky looms.

(Excerpt) Read more at btn.com ...


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Terrific videos of their rise to the Final Four at the link. Love My Badgers! Go, Bucky!
1 posted on 04/03/2014 2:24:35 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

By beating the other teams...


2 posted on 04/03/2014 2:25:41 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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3 posted on 04/03/2014 2:27:09 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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4 posted on 04/03/2014 2:28:04 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Well, that's a BIG part of it, LOL!

Go, Bucky!

5 posted on 04/03/2014 2:30:16 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"How Wisconsin Made It To The FINAL FOUR"

I'm gonna go with: "By getting a higher score than the team they played in the Elite Eight"...

6 posted on 04/03/2014 2:30:44 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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7 posted on 04/03/2014 2:33:09 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky

This guy has been hard to stop.


8 posted on 04/03/2014 2:35:31 PM PDT by skinndogNN
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Go Gators! (Random hot Gator chick...)
9 posted on 04/03/2014 2:38:20 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Bo Ryan. He’s a very good coach.


10 posted on 04/03/2014 2:39:50 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Umm..they still have to play,
"The (University of) KY Wildcats".
not an slouching problem.

11 posted on 04/03/2014 2:41:55 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Well Diana, this Hoosier fan was hoping you’d have B1G company in the Final Four, but those Michigan teams choked despite having poached our state of most of it’s native talent.

The last thing I want is a Kentucky championship. I despise everything about the program, players, coach, school and arena. (Although I did see The Who there in 1980).

Go Bucky! (I said that? I need a shower.)

Go B1G!!!


12 posted on 04/03/2014 2:46:39 PM PDT by henkster (I don't like bossy women telling me what words I can't use.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Badgers played as a team more so than others. Not saying the others don’t play as a team, just saying they are MORE so ....... I kept thinking one of the ‘off game’ will show up (that none of the shots would go in, etc.)

/Badgers fan here, but I’ve had them exiting in the Elite Eight (against Creighton)

p/s, I am Soooooo nervous


13 posted on 04/03/2014 2:47:00 PM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

How? By winning the right games at the right times, of course!

I hope all the final four games are as competitive as so many in the earlier rounds were. Overtime is fun!


14 posted on 04/03/2014 2:55:23 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
B T T T ! ! ! ©

15 posted on 04/03/2014 2:57:59 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Ryan's teams are almost always the most disciplined if not the most physically talented team on the court. This year his players are a little more physically talented than usual. Plus all five starters can shoot and four can shoot the three well. He has two reserves who could start.

Unlike other teams, Ryan does not tolerate bad shots, passes, or other plays even from his stars. One ill-advised shot, pass, dribble, or missed defensive assignment will find a player a quick spot on the bench. They have a player, Kaminsky, who's been very hard to contain in the last month.

They're certainly not a perfect team, but they've had the good fortune to jell the last month after a stretch of playing poorly one month before. On Wisconsin.

16 posted on 04/03/2014 3:02:37 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: henkster

If McGary was healthy, I’d have picked Michigan to win it all. Too bad for the Wolverines....they still came very close to making the Final Four.


17 posted on 04/03/2014 3:04:24 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The Badger’s have my vote. Of course, anyone that plays Dirty Cal is the team that I want to win.


18 posted on 04/03/2014 6:13:14 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

SI cover page is the kiss of death........


19 posted on 04/03/2014 6:14:49 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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To: Coldwater Creek

I’ve heard that, too. BUT I have faith in our team! :)


20 posted on 04/03/2014 6:50:15 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Coldwater Creek

Memphis experienced the death knell first hand. I think that it will be UCONN.


21 posted on 04/03/2014 9:23:26 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek
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