It was back to Madison and back to work for Bo Ryan and Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team, Monday.
The Wisconsin Badgers run into the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA mens basketball tournament is nothing short of spectacular.
Their lineup doesn’t include a list of McDonalds All Americans. They don’t have a 20-and-10 guy fueling their offensive stat line game after game.
And without the flashy, attention-grabbing personalities they’ve managed to go through the west bracket in a way they’ve gone about things throughout the entire season – under the radar.
Yes, UW did garner a lot of attention with the 16-game win streak to start the season.
Then, late in the year they came to the top again with discussions of the No. 1 seeds going into the first round regionals.
Bo Ryan, Frank Kaminsky, Ben Brust and Sam Dekker met with members of the media, Monday, and talked about their next opponent in Baylor and the tournament experience and success thus far.
‘If you keep winning, you’re going to get there,’ Dekker said. ‘Our main focus is getting a win.’
‘We’ll be ready for whatever they can throw at us,’ Kaminsky said. ‘If we can get (their big guys) to pick up a couple early fouls, it will definitely work in our advantage.’
Baylor’s ability to score points and do so in a high percentage like they did against Creighton, stood out in the minds of both players and coaches at Wisconsin.
‘Baylor can work the shot clock,’ Ryan said. ‘They make people guard.’
Ryan stated it quite simply when talking about the preparation for Baylor.
‘We prepare off what we see,’ he said. ‘Sometimes the ball is going in a little bit better but the screen doesn’t lie. We’ve seen about 20-30 games of theirs on DVD.’
Speaking of Wisconsin and what his team will try and do to score offensively and limit Baylor on their end of the court, Ryan said it’s much of the same.
‘We have an idea of what we want to do,’ he said. ‘We’re going to try and move the ball around the try to find a weakness. Right now, it’s a matter of whether or not we can do it against how they are going to defend us.’