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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TAMIRA MADSEN Associated Press There are no egos at Wisconsin, no individual superstars carrying the team.
Relentless, hard-nosed and, yes, frustrating are the hallmarks of these Badgers - and they love it. They've embraced the defense-first approach and ridden it all the way back to the NCAA tournament for a 15th consecutive year, 12 straight under coach Bo Ryan.
''We're going to be consistent, work hard, stick to our defensive principles and play as a team,'' said senior Jared Berggren, who averages 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. ''There's no one individual that is going to have a big ego or try to do too much by himself.''
Wisconsin is a trendy pick for some as the Badgers (23-11), a 5-seed in the West region, prepare for Friday's game against 12th-seed Mississippi (26-8) in Kansas City, Mo. They beat both Indiana and Michigan last week in the Big Ten tournament.
Wisconsin currently ranks fourth...
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. Bo Ryan sat between two wooden panels in an oversized locker space, a shiny NCAA tournament pin still fastened to the lapel on his black suit jacket. He sipped a Powerade and sagged his shoulders. All the animation, the fist-pumping, the excessive clapping and screaming he had brought to the Wisconsin bench only a half-hour earlier had disappeared.In its place,...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Wisconsin guard Zak Showalter dribbled down court during practice on Wednesday and spotted an open teammate cutting to the basket. Instincts, naturally, told him to zip a pass through the defense so the scout team could score two points against the Badgers' starters.He did ... only to find himself reprimanded and briefly pulled from the floor.If that reaction...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Stop if you've heard this before: Tortoise meets hare. Breakneck meets plodding. Wisconsin is playing a basketball game, and contrasts are being made between the Badgers and their opponent about the pace of play.
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Wisconsin's players have heard the talk about their methodical and so-called dull style for years. With No. 5 Wisconsin (23-11...
Cosmo named Wisconsin's Mike Bruesewitz one of the hottest guys of March Madness. Yeah ... his Wisconsin Badgers teammates don't quite agree.
The Wisconsin Badgers have scheduled a 2015 showdown in Dallas Stadium against none other than the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The NCAA Tournament kicks off in full on Thursday, so I will just give some thoughts on some prospects from each region before each weekend. These are not meant to be scouting reports or evaluations, just some thoughts on how the play of certain pro prospects can affect their team’s ability to advance.
Next up is the West where Gonzaga is the top seed. (See...