As I'm sure you know by now, the 4th seeded Badgers will take on #13th seeded Belmont at 6:27pm CDT Thursday. The game will be broadcast on truTV. If UW wins, it will play either Utah State or Kansas State Saturday. Regardless of how UW plays at least Badger fans will be able to get a buzz on.
Belmont won the Atlantic Sun conference for the fourth time six years. The school is based in Nashville, has about 6,000 students, and three of its losses came against ranked teams Tennessee and Vanderbilt. If anyone knows why Belmont played Tennessee twice this year, post a comment.
Want to know a even more about the Bruins? Badger of Honor shares some stats and notes that Belmont plays fast, force a lot of turnovers, and shoot well from beyond the arc. You can also hear directly from Belmont coach Rick Byrd, who talked to UW student radio station WSUM.
It sounds like we won't know until Thursday whether or not Mike Bruesewitz will play. Bruiser sprained his knee midway through the 2nd half against Penn State. His status is day-to-day.
At Madison.com, Rob Schultz wonders if the Badgers can right the ship while Tom Oates points out that one big cause for UW's recent decline is its lack of depth. Oates argues that Taylor, Leuer, and Nankivil are becoming fatigued because the offense is so dependent on them.
Sam at Big Ten Rant writes that the Badgers need to improve on offense if they want to snap their first losing streak in over a year. He mentions that UW needs to share the ball more, be more selective beyond the arc, and get to the charity stripe more.
This might have gotten lost in the embarrassment in Indy but Jordan Taylor was named one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy award. Cleveland State’s Norris Cole, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Duke’s Nolan Smith and Connecticut’s Kemba Walker are the other finalists. My money is on Jimmer.
If you're looking for some tips on how to fill out the perfect bracket, Dave at Balls, Brats, and Beer shares his tips.
On the JSOnline Badgers Blog Gabe Carimi writes about his experience at UW's Pro Day last week. He notes that several teams scheduled private workouts with some Badgers because UW has so many good offensive linemen in this year's draft.
Badger 24-7 posted the unofficial workout numbers for the participants at UW's Pro Day along with some random noteworthy news, including JJ Watt possibly being invited to New York for the draft and former Badger RB Booker Stanley showing up and having a decent performance for the NFL scouts.
Wes Bunting at National Football Post, one of my favorite sites, notes that scouts really like JJ Watt but don't think he's worth a top 10 pick. Those scouts think he might go that high, though, after his impressive individual workouts.
The men's hockey team's season came to a close Sunday when it lost the deciding game in a first round WCHA playoff series vs. Colorado College, 2-1.
One UW squad that knows how to take care of business is the women's hockey team. The top-ranked Badgers beat Minnesota-Duluth 2-1 Saturday to advance to the Frozen Four where they will take on Boston College.