Wisconsin Basketball: Top Off the Court Bo Ryan Moments


Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan was the best – on and off the court

More and more incredible Bo Ryan coaching statistics are being spewed out by the minute since he announced his retirement last week including the most wins in Wisconsin basketball history (364) and the best Big Ten winning percentage in conference history (.717).

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What has not been discussed is his humorous moments as the Badgers’ head coach, both on and off the court.

Ryan made for some entertaining quotes during his post-game press conferences. When reporters asked him about the play of his team on any given night, he would often ramble, reflecting back to something that happened in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania many years earlier.

In this series of videos, we will take a look at some of Ryan’s top moments at the podium, a touching reflection to his late father as well as a few dance performances.

Bo Ryan Cranks Dat

Bo Ryan dropped this music video of Soulja Boy’s hit single “Crank That” prior to the 2007 college basketball season.

Hambone Hambone Have You Heard?

Bo Ryan returns to the dance floor with his rendition of the “Hambone” that he performed during a class in school. We’d give him an A.

Stop The Violence

This press conference comes in the 2011-12 season after Wisconsin lost to Michigan State in the Kohl Center in a bizarre finish. Ryan Evans banked in a 3-pointer as time expired to tie the game. The clocks were not synched up, so according to one clock in the arena, the shot should have counted but the other was at 0:00. In the end, it was ruled the shot would not count, and Bo Ryan announced he would not be resorting to violence after the game.

Bo Ryan, Meet Aaron Rodgers

This celebration goes inside the Wisconsin locker room following their Sweet 16 victory over Baylor in 2014. After some “dancing” from Badgers’ big man Evan Anderson, Wisconsin basketball supporter Aaron Rodgers breaks down the huddle and greets an excited Bo Ryan, leaving him with a slap on the rear end to close out the video.

“This Is For Butch”

Bo Ryan and his father, Butch, made it a tradition to head to the Final Four each year, beginning in 1976 until 2012 when Butch’s health was failing. He died in 2013. A year later, Bo made his first Division I Final Four after defeating Arizona. Following the game, Bo became choked up talking about Butch, knowing the moment would be that much sweeter with him in attendance.

Pinball Champion

The Badgers were the stars of the 2015 NCAA tournament press conferences with Nigel Hayes testing stenographers, players debating the best FIFA player and suck-offs. Later, Bo Ryan declared himself as the No. 1 pinball player in the 1960s in the state of Pennsylvania and claimed he was the inspiration for The Who song “Pinball Wizard.”

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Greg Gard has a lot to live up to on the basketball court, but he has his work cut out for him off the court as well. Whether Gard has been taking notes Bo Ryan’s pinballing and/or dancing remains to be seen. The Dab seems to be the popular thing to do now. Make it happen, Greg.