23.3.14

A GOOD WEEKEND TO BE A BADGER FAN.

The men's hockey team won the inaugural Big Ten tournament.  Next up, a tilt with North Dakota (how things have changed, that used to be a title game) in the national tournament.


In the basketball tournament, and, the past fifteen years notwithstanding, success and Wisconsin basketball in the same sentence still takes some getting used to, the better team won.
Oregon's lineup built a 14-point first-half lead draining threes and slashing to the basket, Wisconsin unwound the lead like it was a tangled yo-yo with a group of less-skilled but veteran players who have been groomed in the same system, together for 2-3 seasons. That group finished together on the floor as a team.
Yes.  You can see a lot of individual flash at an all-star game, or in the alley behind Cabrini Green.  The columnist I'm quoting, John Canzano, correctly noted that Oregon was beaten by a better [athletic] culture.  How often does the amateur establish a strong position against grandmaster, only for grandmaster to go on to win?

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