Badger Blues

Badgers fans enjoyed two of the greatest seasons in history over the last two years of Wisconsin Men's Basketball.

So, I'll understand fans around the B1G conference not shedding a tear as Bucky's boys go through a bit of reconstruction.

Two straight Final Fours, and the last one ended in the Championship game as they came up just short of defeating Duke.

From last year's team two starters returned and only one other play who saw regular playing time is back.

This team is so young, they sometimes are asked to show their birth certificates at opposing arenas to get inside.

Coach Bo Ryan retired in mid-December and his long-time assistant Greg Gard is getting an audition as Interim Head Coach.

From what I've seen on the court the team is improving game to game.  There are many close games, but not many victories.

Heading into Sunday's contest at home against Michigan State, the Badgers are 1-4 in the B1G and 9-9 overall.

Since the 1997-98 seasons, the Badgers have had a winning record every year and played in March Madness.  The streak may be in jeopardy.

More impressive is recognizing the consistent run of quality teams.  During each of Bo's seasons on the bench, Wisconsin never finished lower than 4th in the conference standings.

They passed a mark set by a Purdue team in the 1930s.  You might recognize one of Purdue's players, John Wooden.  Yes, he was more famous for being a coach, but made the Hall of Fame as a player and coach.

There are 13 games left plus the B1G Tournament.  Whether there are games after that, something we've gotten used to in Badgerland, is still a mystery.

Let's go Badgers!