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2nd Annual Polar Vortex Classic, Round 1

Minnesota Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, 2/21/15

11:00 am CST

Kohl Center, Madison, WI

Live TV: ESPN

Badgers favored by 15 pts
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mickjagger
mickjagger wrote:
2nd Annual Polar Vortex Classic, Round 1

Minnesota Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, 2/21/15

11:00 am CST

Kohl Center, Madison, WI

Live TV: ESPN

Badgers favored by 15 pts

Thus begins the most challenging portion of Bucky's regular-season schedule: A home & home series with Minnesota, a home game vs Michigan St and difficult road games at #15 Maryland & #23 Ohio St.

IMO, Bucky will be fortunate to come out of this 5-game cluster with a 3-2 mark.
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whfan202
mickjagger wrote:
mickjagger wrote:
2nd Annual Polar Vortex Classic, Round 1

Minnesota Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, 2/21/15

11:00 am CST

Kohl Center, Madison, WI

Live TV: ESPN

Badgers favored by 15 pts

Thus begins the most challenging portion of Bucky's regular-season schedule: A home & home series with Minnesota, a home game vs Michigan St and difficult road games at #15 Maryland & #23 Ohio St.

IMO, Bucky will be fortunate to come out of this 5-game cluster with a 3-2 mark.

You're not the first to say that, and I'm positive there are others, but as long as Bo can get some life out of this bench (and get Jackson back to contribute minutes off the bench), I think your fears are a bit of a misconception. This Minnesota team is not that good, and we should beat them handily in the friendly confines of the Kohl Center. If we lose, it's because we beat ourselves, not because we got simply outplayed.
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mickjagger
whfan202 wrote:
mickjagger wrote:
mickjagger wrote:
2nd Annual Polar Vortex Classic, Round 1

Minnesota Gophers at Wisconsin Badgers

Saturday, 2/21/15

11:00 am CST

Kohl Center, Madison, WI

Live TV: ESPN

Badgers favored by 15 pts

Thus begins the most challenging portion of Bucky's regular-season schedule: A home & home series with Minnesota, a home game vs Michigan St and difficult road games at #15 Maryland & #23 Ohio St.

IMO, Bucky will be fortunate to come out of this 5-game cluster with a 3-2 mark.

You're not the first to say that, and I'm positive there are others, but as long as Bo can get some life out of this bench (and get Jackson back to contribute minutes off the bench), I think your fears are a bit of a misconception. This Minnesota team is not that good, and we should beat them handily in the friendly confines of the Kohl Center. If we lose, it's because we beat ourselves, not because we got simply outplayed.

I would think UW should be OK today vs Minnesota at the Kohl Center. My main concerns are the road games at Maryland & Ohio St.

It's a challenging 5-game stretch. Can the Badgers go 5-0? Sure. My only contention is that in the grand scheme of things, they will be fortunate (perhaps that's the wrong word) to go 3-2. Maybe what I mean to say is I would be happy if they go 3-2 over this 5-game stretch, considering the competition and the road venues.
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wiscopetty
This game could've been a blowout. Wisconsin had a ton of virtual layups inside that bounced in and out. Had some of those went down, it would've been a laugher. As it was, UW still kept Minnesota at arms length for the entirety of the game.

Another monster game from Kaminsky, obviously. The Gophers had no answer for him (not many teams do). Although, truth be told, I do think it'd be interesting to watch Kaminsky and Maurice Walker go at it without such a talent disparity at the other four positions. Walker flashed some decent footwork and feel for the post game today.

Congrats to Josh Gasser on hitting the 1,000 point mark today. He's been in a bit of a funk lately, but finally hit some threes today, which along with tough defense is essentially his role on the team.

Hayes is so damn versatile. I have noticed that he doesn't work inside as much as he did earlier in the year, but he still manages to put points on the board in other ways.

Outside of the flashy dunk, Dekker was sort of quiet. He wasn't really needed much because of Frank's performance. Not much else to say.

I'll be honest: the bench has me sweating for March. I thought it would work itself out, but time is starting to run out. It's gotten to the point where the starters can't get much of a breather because the bench guys look lost most of the time.

Attending this game in person was a chore. I don't feel that way very often, but the game was strangled to death by timeouts. Pitino would basically take one whenever UW got an iota of momentum, and then there were all the TV timeouts too. It got to the point where other people in my section would groan during stoppages of play.

The conference schedule was backloaded this year. Up next is the make-or-break portion of it. I fully expect UW to drop one game before the end of the regular season. Tuesday night against Maryland will be a great test.

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wiscopetty wrote:
This game could've been a blowout. Wisconsin had a ton of virtual layups inside that bounced in and out. Had some of those went down, it would've been a laugher. As it was, UW still kept Minnesota at arms length for the entirety of the game.

Another monster game from Kaminsky, obviously. The Gophers had no answer for him (not many teams do). Although, truth be told, I do think it'd be interesting to watch Kaminsky and Maurice Walker go at it without such a talent disparity at the other four positions. Walker flashed some decent footwork and feel for the post game today.

Congrats to Josh Gasser on hitting the 1,000 point mark today. He's been in a bit of a funk lately, but finally hit some threes today, which along with tough defense is essentially his role on the team.

Hayes is so damn versatile. I have noticed that he doesn't work inside as much as he did earlier in the year, but he still manages to put points on the board in other ways.

Outside of the flashy dunk, Dekker was sort of quiet. He wasn't really needed much because of Frank's performance. Not much else to say.

I'll be honest: the bench has me sweating for March. I thought it would work itself out, but time is starting to run out. It's gotten to the point where the starters can't get much of a breather because the bench guys look lost most of the time.

Attending this game in person was a chore. I don't feel that way very often, but the game was strangled to death by timeouts. Pitino would basically take one whenever UW got an iota of momentum, and then there were all the TV timeouts too. It got to the point where other people in my section would groan during stoppages of play.

The conference schedule was backloaded this year. Up next is the make-or-break portion of it. I fully expect UW to drop one game before the end of the regular season. Tuesday night against Maryland will be a great test.

Missing from your typical insightful comments and observation, Wisco was any mention of the continued steady play of Bronson Koenig who set yet another individual career-high in points on Saturday with 17. Per usual, Bronson was steady as she goes running the offense.

For the sake of depth, minutes, a change-up in the offensive attack, etc., the sooner Traevon Jackson returns, the better off the Badgers will be. However, I prefer to see Koenig remain in the starting line-up and see Jackson coming off the bench to spell Koenig & Gasser, whenever it is that Traevon makes his way back.

Game Recap & Box Score:
http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/022115aaa.html
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