10 Burning Questions About Wisconsin Basketball

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Jan 24, 2015; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Bo Ryan talks to a referee during the second half against the Michigan Wolverines at Crisler Center. Wisconsin won 69-64 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

How will the new rules affect the Badgers?

Like every team, Wisconsin may take some time to adjust to the new rules. The biggest one, the 30-second shot clock, may hurt the Badgers on offense. Wisconsin likes to swing the ball around and wait for the best possible shot, which even last year, often came near the end of the shot clock. Wisconsin isn’t built to play a fast-tempo game. We may see a lot of possessions end with last-second Bronson Koenig hero ball shots.

The foul rules may hurt or help the Badgers. Wisconsin has generally been a team that doesn’t foul, and it gave them a huge advantage. But with the NCAA dedicating itself to strictly enforcing foul calls, can the Badgers continue not to foul? If yes, the Badgers will have an astronomical advantage over every other team in the country. If not, one of the core staples of Bo Ryan basketball, one that usually gives them an edge over every other team, will be cancelled out. That could result in Wisconsin being worse than expected.

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