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Old 03-25-2008, 03:14 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Should be a great matchup against Davidson what do you think Nimreitz? The Badgers pull this one off or no?
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:09 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Honestly, I'm probably overconfident about this one. Unless Davidson is lights out from deep, I don't see how they stay within 10 points of Wisconsin. This is just a nightmare matchup for Davidson in my opinion. They'd be better off playing Carolina or Memphis.

Oh yeah, and GOOOOOO Villanova! Because Kansas seems like a really tough one for us.
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Hopefully. We also have a Memorial grad on this year's team in Nankivil. Wes Matthews also went there, but he's a traitor. It worries me though that it doesn't look like we're even recruiting him. We have this 6'7'' white boy from Minnesota who damn well better be the second coming of Joe Krabbenhoft committed, but we ignore kids in our own backyard like Maymon? Hopefully not.
My freshman year of high school Reece Gaines dropped 28 on us in the state tourny and I was disappointed when he chose Louisville... incidentally Jerry Smith (also a Tosa East grad, hooray) also chose Louisville...

It gives me hope though that as Wisconsin's d1 programs stay competitive they'll be able to keep all of the big names in state... that and we should be all over any big name Chicago area recruit
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Yeah, I know all about Tosa East. I went to Whitefish Bay, and went out a couple times with some girl from Tosa East during high school.
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Wisconsin won a pretty good contest today over FSU. Bohannon played really really well today. What are your thoughts on the Xavier game Sunday Nim?
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Wisconsin won a pretty good contest today over FSU. Bohannon played really really well today. What are your thoughts on the Xavier game Sunday Nim?
I love how we match up with Xavier and definitely think we can give them a run. They do not defend the perimeter well so if we can get hot from out there we could build up a lead at some point. We make you put the ball on the floor so Raymond isn't going off for a handful of threes like he usually does in big games. X is going to have to get it to Anderson and Brown inside.
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Wisconsin won a pretty good contest today over FSU. Bohannon played really really well today. What are your thoughts on the Xavier game Sunday Nim?
I don't really think Xavier is that good to be honest. Not that I think Wisconsin is very good either, but I think we have more talent and hope it's going to come together.

EDIT: Didn't do a thread like this for the 08/09 season, but I'll be back next year. I also have a lot of thoughts about the program, but I'm going to hold off on them until after the game against Xavier today. That way the post will either be "how did we advance?" or sort of a final all encompassing look back at the year and where the program is headed.

P.S. I love riling up the A-10 guys in their own thread.

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Solid run for a weakened Wisconsin than what they usually are.. props to em & Bo Ryan

Fwiw I'll also try to have a new Illinois thread.. kinda slacked on that part too
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I guess where I usually start these things is a run down of the significant guys on the roster; we lose Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft to graduation, and out of respect to their careers I'm not going to run down the disappointment they brought me over the last four years.

Trevon Hughes - I just don't know what to make of Trevon anymore, some games he's awesome and other games he just doesn't do anything. I know it's a product of the swing offense, but at times I just don't think Bo trusts him to run the offense. For a junior with that much experience, that's very difficult to understand.

Jason Bohannon - He's the reason why I don't understand Trevon, because Bohannon runs off screens every possession; hell next year I see him being similar in our offense as Redick was at Duke. But since Bo is obviously tweeking his offense to utilize Bohannon's strengths, then why not for Trevon? Very interesting. Bohannon is pretty comfortable handling the ball now, which I never expected to see, and is serviceable on defense, which I also never thought I'd see. I'm pleasantly surprised by his development, but he still isn't much more than a specialist for his career.

Jon Leuer - Some times he looks like the future of the program, and other times he just can't do anything right. 6'10'', can rain threes, has decent post moves, but he lacks strength and really can't defend the post at all. I really need Leuer to gain about 20 pounds of muscle over the summer, because we're going to need him as power forward next year, and I just don't know if he can do it.

Keaton Nankivil - Great player, I just really wish he had redshirted last year. Instead he chose to play about 35 minutes all season. Really strong guy, good rebounding technique, not the greatest athlete in the world, but he's got a surprising shot. He's also starting to take charges, and while we don't see him block many shots now, that's definitely part of his game. I think Nankivil is an early candidate for breakout player in the Big Ten next year.

Tim Jarmusz - Classic 6'6'' whitebread shooter who is allegedly a glue guy, but I just don't ever see him do that much. He's certainly not a glue guy like Krabbenhoft was. If we are to do anything next season, we're going to need to see some major strides from Jarmusz all over the floor. I love his shot and his IQ, but I need more impact next year.

Jordan Taylor - Love this kid. He's the most clutch player on the team, very quick, extremely high basketball IQ, has a decent shot, and isn't the best defender in the world, but his quickness allows him to hound opposing point guards. If I had to guess who the 5th starter will be next year, I guess I'll reluctantly say it will be Taylor and we'll just play with three 6'0'' guys plus Leuer and Nankivil. He's also the kind of guy, sort of like Kammron Taylor, that you just get the feeling he loves playing basketball and will always strive to get better. On off days he'll be playing pickup games in the gym and stuff like that. Might not have the natural talent of Hughes, but he might make more of an impact when he's an upperclassman than Hughes ever has.

Robert Wilson - Great athleticism, really knows how to play the game, but he's that classic freshman who Bo Ryan gives a ton of burn early in the year and then never plays again. Leuer was that guy last year. Wilson's the dark horse to start next year. He has a decent shot, can drive, is pretty tall, and all that jazz, but I just haven't seen him in enough late season minutes to really get a good sense of exactly how good he is.

Then there's the redshirt guys, Ian Markolf and Jared Berggren both redshirted this year; Markolf is a 7' raw kid, and Berggren is like a 6'9'' guy who seems like kind of a Nankivil type, but maybe not as much of a shooter or shot blocker. I'll be interested to see him next year, but I don't expect too much impact.

JP Gavinski - Still the worst recruit in the Bo Ryan era, and that includes DeAaron Williams who left after like 2 months.

The recruits coming in next year are Diamond Taylor, combo guard from Illinois and Mike Brusewicz, an alleged Krabbenhoft clone from Minnesota. I don't expect anything out of either next season. I'm also pretty upset that we chose to ignore the Wisconsin State Mr. Basketball Jeronne Maymon out of Madison Memorial for these two marginal prospects. He's going to Marquette on a silver platter because we didn't care about him. I feel the same way about Jamil Wilson, a top Oregon recruit out of Racine who definitely would have come here if we wanted him.

Coming in from the 2010 class is Evan Anderson, a 4* center from Eau Claire, and Vander Blue, a 4* combo guard from Madison Memorial who posterized some poor kid in the D1 State Title Game last night. That class should be much much much better than 2009, although I'm still very disappointed that we didn't make a serious run at Harrison Barnes before he blew up nationally.

I'd also like to take this time to talk about the program and where it's going. Bo seems to get kids in his head and he just has to get them, even if they arguably aren't the best players we can get. I understand that no team needs 10 superstars and that scout and rivals aren't perfect judges of talent, but still. Mike Brusewicz instead of Jeronne Maymon? I understand there's an academic issue with Maymon, but the kid is reallllllly good and he would have committed instantly if we ever offered him.

More broadly on a statewide front, Wisconsin High School basketball is getting better every year and our program isn't as up and down as Marquette, we are steady and win every year and unless Duke or UNC comes in we can get any player in the state. This is huge I think. The 2011 class looks a little weak in state, but 2012 is awesome. I don't see a Final Four in our future, which really sucks, but I see a lot of years like this past one coming up. We need better talent though, and I think Bo needs to make a massive splash in the 2011 class in order to take this program to the next level. It's not impossible, but it's going to take Bo to start questioning some of his assumptions and working just a little harder.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:51 AM   #55 (permalink)
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So, what has changed since I wrote the last post? Vander Blue decommited from Wisconsin, so we offered Josh Gasser, a nice kid from Port Washington and also got some random dude named Duje Dukan. That's right, since Diamond Taylor has been kicked off the team... or whatever, that's 2 straight all white recruiting classes.

Oh, and we just beat some team called Duke or something. By all accounts that was the biggest game in Kohl Center history, and the atmosphere was more intense than it has ever been. Some people are saying that the noise actually got up to Field House levels. The Field House is a little before my time, so I won't comment, but until this game the most intense Kohl Center game was probably 2005 when that great Illinois team came to town. I was there way up in the rafters, and if the Duke game eclipsed the energy from that game (which it did), the Kohl Center must have really been rocking. J.P. Tokoto (2012-Menominee Falls) and just about every possible recruit for Wisconsin for the next 3 years were in the house, so hopefully this helps us land him. At the very least I think this will help us avoid another Vander Blue situation; this is NOT going to happen at Marquette.

So let's talk players. Not sure why I even do this since I can sum up every Wisconsin team with 2 words: Bo Ryan.

Trevon Hughes: His whole career has been up and down, but the guy is clutch. God I wish he would put it all together.

Jason Bohannon: Seriously, this is a 3 point specialist? He brings NOTHING to the table. I don't know what happened to him.

Jon Leuer: Love this guy. I seriously love this guy. He's obviously put on weight to fill out his frame a little bit, he is pretty solid offensively on the blocks, and he hasn't lost his stroke.

Keaton Nankivil: God I hate Bo Ryan. I mean, I love him, but Keaton really should have redshirted his freshman year. Nankivil reminds me of Mike Wilkinson a lot, but here's the scary part; Wilkinson was a stick figure... Nankivil is a beast. I knew this kid was special when I was watching Memorial games on local public TV when I was living in Madison, but I didn't expect him to get this good.

Jordan Taylor: He's not as talented scoring the ball as Trevon Hughes, but just like Hughes this kid is a winner. Last night he showed a little skill getting to the rim, so I'm hoping that he is holding back, but I don't know. But scoring isn't what Taylor does, the kid makes great decisions. Last night he almost had the play of the game when he had a MASSIVE steal in the last minute. Unfortunately Nolan Smith poked it out of his hands from behind him, so it didn't mean much, but that steal was a really big play.

Ryan Evans: Where did this kid come from? He was a late developer in High School, and we offered him really late. I'm not sure he had offers from any other programs in Wisconsin's league, I think it was more like Northern Arizona type programs. Then he redshirted last year. To say I wasn't expecting much is an understatement. He's awful on offense to the point I was wondering what he was doing out there last night, but you know what he did? He was the only guy on the Wisconsin team to actually defend Singler well. The dude could be a really really good defensive player.

Mike Bruesewitz: I LOVE this kid. Total glue guy. Just like Krabbenhoft, not as chiseled, but much more refined.

Tim Jarmusz: Just doesn't have the talent to play at this level, but at least he doesn't make mistakes. Last night not withstanding, he can at least shoot the open shot a little.

JP Gavinski: Still taking up a scholarship.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:35 AM   #56 (permalink)
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The biggest game in your history was against Duke? Wow. I like me some Trevon Hughes though, dude is a sturdy point.
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:16 PM   #57 (permalink)
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The biggest game in your history was against Duke? Wow. I like me some Trevon Hughes though, dude is a sturdy point.
In the Kohl Center, yes. We don't play them every year. And the Kohl Center has only been open since 1998. The only other argument, which I mentioned above, was when #1 Illinois, the team that lost to UNC in the Final, came to town. But we didn't win that game.
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Wow, UWGB knocked off the Badgers. I can't even be mad about it either, since I root for both teams.
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Beat Duke but lose to Green Bay, yup thats definitely Wisconsin for you.
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:42 PM   #60 (permalink)
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I was taking an exam, so I didn't follow a second of this game. I mean... I'm just going to say that this one was affected by the snow. That's the only explanation. Madison, Green Bay, and everything in between is buried.
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