Originally written on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Dustin Johnston Death, taxes and Wisconsin near the top of the Big Ten. Wisconsin’s success has been one of the conference’s most reliable assumptions for the past decade or so. This year, however, with a costly injury to the Badgers’ starting point guard Josh Gasser and an underwhelming performance in early-season non-conference play, Wisconsin looked as though it may be entering a down year. The Badgers started off hot in conference play, handling some of the Big Ten’s bottom feeders, but have since evened out and now stand at 7-3 — a game out of first place. John Beilein, for one, does not see this Wisconsin team as any different from the very good teams of years past. “Wisconsin is the same Wisconsin you’ve seen for a long time. They’re patient, they play very good defense. You look at their field goal percentage, they’re incredible on defense,” Beilein said. “They have a younger backcourt than we’ve seen before. … They’re a good team both home and away, but particularly at the
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