It’s become the norm in Madison and in the Big Ten conference. In the 13 years that Bo Ryan has been head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, they have finished no worse than fourth in the Big Ten.
That also means that the Badgers have received a first round bye in the Big Ten conference tournament in every year.
As for those that think the Badgers are a mediocre-at-best program, take a look at what Tom Oates from the Wisconsin State Journal wrote on Sunday to dispute that.
Still think they’re mediocre?
Now granted Wisconsin has not made a lot of noise in the NCAA Tournament since they made the Final Four in 2000. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t been one of the most consistent teams in the country since Bo Ryan took over.
This season is much of the same. As we all know the Badgers took the country by storm this season, rattling off a school record 16 straight wins to open the season. But they hit a rough patch in mid-January, losing 5 of 6 games and were in jeopardy of finishing outside the top four in the Big Ten.
But Ryan rallied the troops and now find themselves riding a seven-game win streak, in the top 10 of the AP poll again and looking for another first round bye in the Big Ten tournament.
You can always expect Bo Ryan to get the most out of his kids, even through adversity. And if there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that Bo knows basketball.