Now that we have had a few days to digest Wisconsin’s huge come from behind win over Ohio State 71-67 Saturday at the Kohl Center here are a few developments from that game.
Loss Meant Very Little To Ohio State
Ohio State is still a one seed, and still THE number one seed according to Joe Lunardi, of ESPN’s Bracketology. The Buckeyes remain on the top line and still control the Big 10 conference’s regular season. There is also the adage that a loss could help them, that no team wants to go into the tourney with the additional pressure of an undefeated season. I would argue it is also valuable to not know how to lose. I think both of these philosophies cancel each other out. The Buckeyes are still good and there has been no panic.
Jordan Taylor Is A National Name
As mentioned by Troy from this entry, Jordan Taylor is the Big 10 player of the week. More important than that is he is now mentioned regularly among the top players in the country. During Kansas State’s big win over Kansas last night Jacob Pullen was compared to Taylor. When watching any analyst discuss dangerous guards in March, Taylor is one of the first names mentioned. Having a player get some attention can only help Wisconsin’s cause.
Legit Shot At #2 Seed
The win provided Wisconsin with a slingshot out of the five or six seed area they were headed for in the tourney. With this win, and without a collapse, the Badgers are probably at worst a four seed, a strong candidate for a three and have a legit shot at getting a two seed. In a year without many, or any, dominant teams a two seed is a very good spot to be in the tourney. Unfortunately one of Wisconsin’s biggest competitors for a two seed will be Notre Dame who they already lost to but there is nothing that can be done about that now. Seeding is extremely important as are matchups and the stronger you are viewed nationally the better your chances are of getting the shaft and being stuck with a really bad draw.
The Bagders have a big road game coming up tomorrow at Purdue and still have to travel to Ohio State. A win in either of those games would be HUGE in seeding. Many people nationally feel the win over Ohio State was just a case of Wisconsin holding serve, that they had to win because it was at home. A big road win is still missing from the resume and the Badgers still have a couple of shots left to get one.
This goes along with the above point but any national recognition is great for the Badgers program. For as long as the team is coached by Bo Ryan they will have an unexciting national image but big wins trump any negative image. Bo has been doing several national radio appearances and you cannot tune into any college basketball talk this week without hearing about the Badgers. Combine all of this with a top ten ranking and the Badgers national recognition is on an upswing.