No you’re not dreaming and no that is not a typo by any means. Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers have punched their ticket to a spot in the Final Four in North Texas next weekend.
It did not come easy. The season started off great, then hit a rough patch, followed by the Badgers becoming one of the hottest teams in the tournament. They dismantled American. Oregon proved to be a challenge, but the resiliency of the Badgers proved to be too much in the second half. Wisconsin put on a clinic of how to attack a zone against Baylor.
But they almost hit a brick wall called the Arizona Wildcats. Right away you knew this was going to be a great game. Two really good teams fighting for one spot in the Final Four. In games like these it’s a shame someone has to lose. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, but Wisconsin kept their composure. In the second half the Badgers made a run of their own and held the lead at around the 15:00 mark for the first time in the game.
After that it turned into a heavyweight bout. Momentum went from one bench to the next. Arizona had a run, then Wisconsin went on a run. It went back and forth for most of the second half. Forty minutes was not enough for these two battle-tested teams. Overtime was needed to settle the score for these two teams.
In the end however, it was the Wisconsin Badgers who came out victorious, advancing to the Final Four for the first time since 2000. It will be Bo Ryan’s first trip, a well-deserved first trip. The players wanted to make sure their head coach made it to a Final Four, as coach Ryan wanted the same for his players.
This is one close-knit group that will be playing Saturday for a spot in the national championship game. The Final Four is a great accomplishment, but rest-assured these coaches and players will be hungry for more.
And why wouldn’t they? After all it is the Wisconsin way.