The Wisconsin Badgers need no more introduction. They need no one elses help. They need nothing more than your support from here on out, and here are three very good reasons to root for Wisconsin this Saturday against the Arizona Wildcats.
One. Bo Ryan.
It’s hard to start with the man who looks for the least amount of attention or praise, but Nationally he still seems to get swept under the rug.
With his lack-luster press conferences, his ability to stay as much behind the scenes as possible and his rather hot-headed demeanor on the sidelines, Ryan isn’t one that many parents would look at on television and say, ‘I want my son to play for him.’
The recruiting process is always tough at Wisconsin when you’re forced to recruit the Student-Athlete and not just the athlete. Ryan has excelled at that venture and looks to have won over a few tweeners throughout the years in the process. Everyone has to be wondering this morning if there are two individuals in particular who are waking up in Carolina Blue, wishing they were wearing their home-state Cardinal Red.
As long as Bo Ryan is throwing tantrums, screaming at officials and seemingly winning over the hearts of Wisconsin supporters everywhere, UW will be in and around the National Championship picture.
Two. Frank Kaminsky.
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What’s not to love about this self-proclaimed nerd?
I mean, c’mon. Anyone who sports that tall, lanky frame and wears the high socks isn’t getting into even the lowest end Chicago night club.
But Frank has continue to be Frank, quite frankly. And America is loving it.
Much like when Wisconsin went to the Final Four with Dick Bennett back in the early 2000’s, people seems to root for these middle American folk, who actually know the difference between a Holstein and a Guernsy.
If Frank Kaminsky goes on to win the National Player of The Year in college hoops, he’d be the first to tell you he’d trade it in 100 times over if it meant a national title for his team, his school and his state. Which although he was born in Illinois, he will tell you is now Wisconsin.
Three. Barry Alvarez.
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Yes, Barry. THE Barry.
When Alvarez came to Wisconsin, he brought with him an institution of not backing down, not looking for excuses and not doing anything but what’s best for the school, the kids and the programs.
Years later, Wisconsin isn’t a laughing-stock, it isn’t even remotely close to what it was 20 years ago and it’s all got to do with the man now at the head of the athletic program.
Barry might not go down anywhere in the basketball yearbooks, but this man, and what he did to Wisconsin athletics as a whole, is something to really be impressed with.
The sky is the limit for this State, this school and especially this year’s Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team.
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