One way or another, Shabazz Napier, Frank Kaminsky and Andrew Harrison will be difference makers.
The star of this year’s NCAA Tournament wasn’t heavily recruited. And the man who ultimately found Frank Kaminsky is now the head coach at UIC.
Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
Never one to gloat, Bo Ryan had to stop himself from being too modest Saturday afternoon.
After seeing—and hearing—University of Wisconsin men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan being tarred and feathered while being dragged through town square on his way to the gallows for the way he “mishandled” the Jared Uthoff transfer request last week by members of the media, all I could do was sit back and shake my head in disgust.
Senior Jordan Taylor scored 16 points in his final home game, helping No. 14 Wisconsin beat Illinois 70-56 on Sunday in both teams’ regular season finale.
The significance of the win cannot be overstated. Ohio State had not won at the Kohl Center since 2000, meaning the Buckeyes had never beat Bo Ryan in Madison.
Jordan Taylor scored 19 points and Jared Berggren added 18 to help Wisconsin upset No. 22 Illinois 67-63 on Sunday.
On Thursday night, the Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Butler Bulldogs for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight, but there’s no secret gameplan for head coach Bo Ryan to pull out.
There are eight Big Ten teams ranked in the top 68 teams in the country based on RPI. But not all eight of those teams will be able to extend their season into the NCAA Tournament.