One of the many great things about college basketball is it gives you a reason to drink during the middle of the week. After beating up weaker competition we'll get a better read on how good this year's UW basketball team is tonight when Bucky takes on North Carolina.
What to Expect
Jim Polzin writes that Bo and the Badgers are excited to play UNC and shares some things to look for tonight – like UNC's propensity to get to the FT line.
FoxSports WI takes at look at the contrasting styles of play between the Badgers and Tarheels. While UNC has a lot of NBA talent it doesn't sound like the UW players are intimidated by them.
Swingtown Basketball shares their thoughts on the game along with links to the UNC message boards and an in-depth statistical breakdown of the two teams. The preview reminds us that UW is 1-1 against UNC for Wisconsin high school recruits with J.P. Tokoto committing to the Tarheels last spring and Bronson Koenig deciding to stay home and play for the Badgers.
Jeff Potrykus covers some of the popular storylines – contrasting styles of play, match-up of two outstanding point guards, etc. – in his pre-game write-up.
UW in the AP Poll
Dave Heller has a basketball version of his AP poll breakdown. It's interesting that Scott Wolf always ranks the UW football team lower than other voters but has the UW basketball 4th in the country.
No Explanation for More Cupcakes
The Cap Times contacted the UW Athletic Department to understand why UW's non-conference schedule has gotten weaker over the years – most likely because of money. It's been 9 days and the UW still hasn't gotten back to them.
Montee Ball's Late Heisman Push
It's surprising that Montee Ball hasn't received much Heisman love until recently. Hopefully it's not too late. Aaron at Badger of Honor rounds up what some pundits are saying about Ball and notes that ESPN is doing a feature on Ball that will air during GameDay this Saturday.
While it's not the Heisman, Ball has Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg's endorsement for Big Ten offensive player of the year. Ball's primary competition is Russell Wilson.
Championship Game Previews
I'm sure there won't be a shortage of Big Ten championship game previews this week. Two Minute Warning has a solid write up and it's even better because it predicts a UW victory; although, by a smaller margin than I'm expecting.
In its keys to the game, CBS Sports' Eye on College Football blog predicts the Badgers will win if Ball can handle a heavy workload and MSU will win if UW's defense plays like it did in the first game. The X-factor is Peter Konz, who practiced yesterday but is still probably a long-shot to play.