Bucky's Sweet Sixteen

My memories of great Badger wins does not extend back to 1941 when they won their first (and only, so far) NCAA Championship.  Other than that and the Dick Bennett coached team that advanced to the Final Four in 2000, last night's win was one of Wisconsin's biggest.  Ever.

Jugular veins were popping across the state through much of the first half, but it seemed that while Oregon was fast and couldn't miss a shot the Badgers were not rattled.

I thought when Sam Decker took an inadvertent shot to the mouth rearranging some of his teeth the team reacted with resolve and determination.

Last night's 85 - 77 win over the Ducks may not be what propels them to a title.

Yet, while watching this year's team come together and grow together as a team it's been impressive to watch.  The team is getting major contributions from a couple freshmen (Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig), one plucky senior (Ben Brust), and several sophomores and juniors (Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Josh Gasser, and Trae Jackson).

This coming weekend will tell the rest of the tale in terms of where this team resides in history.  Two wins and they take the Badger bandwagon to North Texas for the Final Four.

Last night's game kept me on the edge of my seat and on my knees in front of the TV for the last three minutes of the game heart racing with the constantly changing tide of momentum.

My contribution to the win?  Well, at half I put on my Wisconsin Basketball Hoodie over the WISCONSIN block letter red t-shirt to go with the Badger socks and red motion W cap.

They are now on a shelf waiting to report to duty Thursday night.

When you say Wisconsin, you've said it all!  Go Badgers!