With a frustrating loss bringing an end to the basketball season the UW athletic department is doing it's best to keep Badger fans happy until next football season. Well, they're off to a good start. UW's opener vs. UNLV will be in prime time on ESPN. Oh, and the game is being moved from Saturday to Thursday.
Spring practice continued this weekend. Here are some updates.
If nothing else, Curt Phillips has proven he's a quick healer. Phillips was back at practice 5 months after suffering a torn ACL for the 2nd time as a Badger.
Greg Russo is the newest Badger walk-on and probably the most interesting. Russo is a 24-year-old military veteran from the Milwaukee area who is starting out at linebacker.
Ryan Groy is showing his versatlity once again. The sophomore guard, who doubled as a fullback last season, got some work at center Saturday.
Vonte Jackson and Melvin Gordon from Kenosha Bradford must really like playing together. Gordon will be in freshman next year and Jackson verbally committed to the Badgers this weekend and will join Gordon in 2012.
Now that season is over people are starting to look ahead to next year. UW will lose Jon Leuer, Keaton Nakivil, Tim Jarmusz, and a few others to graduation. Jeff Potrykus takes a look at who needs to step in to replace those guys. He thinks Mike Bruesewitz and Jared Berggren are likely to start in the frontcourt.
Tom Oates writes that UW has become too dependent on jump shots the past two seasons and needs to diversify its offense like Bo's earlier teams. I don't think many Badger fans will argue with that.
Even though UW didn't advance as far as many fans would've hoped, tt was a record setting season for the Badgers. Dave Heller shares some for the record book updates. UW broke the season single NCAA record for fewest turnovers per game.
Jake Harris at B5Q provides some perspective for fans upset about UW's success, or lack-thereof depending how you see it, in the NCAAs the past few years. UW's loss to Butler isn't looking so bad now that they'll probably play in the title game for the 2nd consecutive year.