mickjagger
Wisconsin (27-3 Overall, 15-2 Big 10) at Ohio St (22-8, 11-6)

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Value City Arena, Columbus, OH

3:30 pm CDT Tip-off

Live TV: CBS

Line: Wisconsin favored by 1 pt




On Wisconsin!
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wiscopetty
We witnessed a complete evisceration yesterday, maybe Wisconsin's best performance of the season. To go into Columbus against a top-25 team on their senior day and basically just kick their asses was wholly unexpected and hopefully didn't go unnoticed by the selection committee.

Looking back on the game, I can't really point to anyone who had a bad game. Frank started out slow but turned it around. Dekker was maybe the most aggressive I've seen him all year. Hayes did the usual Hayes things. Josh is rounding into form at the right time. Koenig had what I thought was a bad first half but essentially stopped OSU's mini second half run all by himself.

And finally, finally, finally, the bench showed some signs of life. I (and pretty much everyone else) have been pretty hard on them all year. If the Badgers have designs on another Final Four run, I'm of the opinion it will take an effort like yesterday from the subs. I thought Dukan maybe got a little trigger-happy after he hit a three, but perhaps he's trying to shoot his way out of the slump. Showalter provided good minutes as well. Vitto Brown needs a lot of work before next year.

An aside - I'm somewhat miffed as to how and why OSU has struggled as much as they have this year. Certainly, D'Angelo Russell is a hell of a player and I'm glad he'll likely be in the NBA after this year. But as far as the rest of the team - meh. Seems like Thad Matta consistently brings in high-level talent but they stagnate while on campus. Amir Williams was a McDonald's All-American in HS...didn't show yesterday. Every one of their starters were 4*, top-100 recruits coming out of high school. Their record this year can be due to a lot of factors, but I wonder if Matta has plateaued after that great run from 2006-2013.

To close with the obvious: what an outstanding regular season by this basketball team. I'm not overly concerned with how they do in the conference tourney. Though winning the tournament title would clearly be the cherry on the top of the sundae, as long as they don't bow out ridiculously early, I won't be too upset.

I'm not even going to discuss the possibility of being the #2 seed in Kentucky's region other than to say it would be a huge disservice to both teams.
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dawgstyle
wiscopetty wrote:


I'm not even going to discuss the possibility of being the #2 seed in Kentucky's region other than to say it would be a huge disservice to both teams.


The only problem is that schools fought to get the travel protection for top seeds. You can't say, we don't want to go to LA for our regional, unless Kentucky happens to also be in our regional.
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dawgstyle
I think Wisconsin's only chance is to lose first game of the Big Ten tourney and have Gonzaga, Kansas, and Arizona win their tournament.

Although even at that rate, I fail to see Kansas jumping over them.
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wiscopetty
dawgstyle wrote:
wiscopetty wrote:


I'm not even going to discuss the possibility of being the #2 seed in Kentucky's region other than to say it would be a huge disservice to both teams.


The only problem is that schools fought to get the travel protection for top seeds. You can't say, we don't want to go to LA for our regional, unless Kentucky happens to also be in our regional.
Yeah, I know, and in most other years, there isn't such a runaway #1 that no one wants to play, so it's not that big of a deal. But it is this year. It'll be very interesting to see if the committee sticks to their guns on the geography methodology or if they make an exception for UK and Wisconsin.
dawgstyle wrote:
I think Wisconsin's only chance is to lose first game of the Big Ten tourney and have Gonzaga, Kansas, and Arizona win their tournament.
Another option is to get onto the #1 seed line. I think Wisconsin has a pretty good shot if they make it to Sunday of the BTT and Villanova bows out of the Big East tournament prematurely.
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dawgstyle
wiscopetty wrote:
dawgstyle wrote:
wiscopetty wrote:


I'm not even going to discuss the possibility of being the #2 seed in Kentucky's region other than to say it would be a huge disservice to both teams.


The only problem is that schools fought to get the travel protection for top seeds. You can't say, we don't want to go to LA for our regional, unless Kentucky happens to also be in our regional.
Yeah, I know, and in most other years, there isn't such a runaway #1 that no one wants to play, so it's not that big of a deal. But it is this year. It'll be very interesting to see if the committee sticks to their guns on the geography methodology or if they make an exception for UK and Wisconsin.
dawgstyle wrote:
I think Wisconsin's only chance is to lose first game of the Big Ten tourney and have Gonzaga, Kansas, and Arizona win their tournament.
Another option is to get onto the #1 seed line. I think Wisconsin has a pretty good shot if they make it to Sunday of the BTT and Villanova bows out of the Big East tournament prematurely.


Most things I have read have Nova as the #2 overall. I can't see them falling that far. But I suppose I have seen crazier things.
@2GuysFromWI

Harbaugh will have Urban Meyer retired from OSU by 2020.
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kenny78
If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten tournament I believe they will get a #1 seed. If they lose the championship game it will depend on how the other teams do. Either Duke or Virginia has to lose, so one of them will most likely be a two, unless everyone else in the top 5 or 6 loses as well. I also think Wisconsin will get more credit for winning the Big Ten than Villanova will get for winning the Big East.
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wiscopetty
kenny78 wrote:
If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten tournament I believe they will get a #1 seed. If they lose the championship game it will depend on how the other teams do. Either Duke or Virginia has to lose, so one of them will most likely be a two, unless everyone else in the top 5 or 6 loses as well. I also think Wisconsin will get more credit for winning the Big Ten than Villanova will get for winning the Big East.

I don't think the committee puts much stock into the result of the Big Ten championship game because the game usually ends around the time the selection show airs. At least that's how it's been in the past.
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john42
UVA is closer to Cleveland than Madison is. If Virginia falls off the #1 line, Wisconsin should get their 1 seed with a Big Ten Tourney Championship. If Wisconsin doesn't make the championship game they would be a #2 seed behind Virginia with an Arizona Pac 12 Tourney championship. That means if the committee truly does as they say, Virginia would get placed in Cleveland.
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mickjagger
Wisconsin crushes Ohio St on the road.

#5 Wisconsin 72
at #23 Ohio St 48

Final Score

Game Recap & Box Score:
http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/030815aaa.html
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