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Can't say it wasn't expected...Russell probably gave her a hug...
How pathetic that this train wreck has provided more entertainment
post season than when she was on camera.
1. I thought the first 14 minutes of the first half was as good as we
played all year. If we play like that against Kentucky, we'll win
going away. The movement away from the ball was just unbelievable. I
though Sam was specifically excelling in this area.
2. That being said, Sam needs to realize that we he beats his man so
cleanly, he just needs to make a jump stop, square up and lay the ball
in. When you're 6-9, it's better to go up strong than it is to flip it
up weak. Yes, if you're guard going against Maurice Walker, then just
flip it quick. It's a bad habit that a big guy with explosiveness
should not have. I think I've mentioned it before that I really don't
like it, but it doesn't become a big deal until those little flip
shots don't go in. I will add that on the one play where he sorta spun
his man and missed a flip shot, he was absolutely being pulled down by
his jersey, with no call. I don't blame him for that one.
3. Vitto Brown had a ridiculous game. During his first appearance
10-second appearance he didn't cover a simple back screen. Showalter
(who incorrectly switched earlier in the play) gets nailed and all
Vitto has to do is float back into the middle of the lane and get his
arms up. Instead, he inexplicably stays with Maurice Walker, even
though Walker is 23-feet from the hoop, where he is absolutely no
threat to do anything. During his second chance 10-second appearance
he clearly realized that he needed to block out Walker and had good
position, but he boxed out weak and got ridden out of the play like a
4. You know the lane is open for too long when Nigel Hayes, who I
don't consider particularly quick off the dribble, can go to a knee
and still get a layup. If that happened against a Badger team, I think
Bo would sub out all five players.
5. Pitino said after the game that "a program like Wisconsin teaches
him as a coach the value of turnovers and fouls". That's an excellent
thing to realize, but why not put it into practice? A great example is
a guy like Carlos Morris. The kid is an OK player, but he takes stupid
shots, he doesn't value the ball and he dribbles all over the place,
despite having a handle so loose it would make Bobbi Kelsey blush. So
take him out of the game! In the games where Morris has been on, he's
a real weapon. In tonight's game, he was the reason I never worried
that Minnesota would catch us because he would always be due to do
something stupid whenever it got kinda close. A disciplined coach
could make him a really good player. Instead, he'll play out the
string and probably score 32 in a second round NIT loss to end his
6. From about 14 minute mark of the second half through the 7 minute
mark it felt like we were just trying to "massage" the minutes away.
We looked tired and like we just wanted to get the game over with and
go home. I NEVER like to lose, but I don't know if I would really care
if we gave OSU a half-speed effort on Sunday. Even with a 1-seed on
the line, it might be worth it to just pull back the intensity.
Another thing I thought is maybe not even practice. Just fly to Ohio
and play the game. We beat Georgetown and Oklahoma without practicing,
why not OSU?
7. It happens sometimes in a game that the refs "feel the momentum",
especially when a game gets out of hand early and their minds start to
wander. I think that happened when Minnesota started to cut into our
20 point lead. There were like 3-4 close call that all went against
us, and all the calls were made in an emphatic sort of "play to the
crowd"way. Obviously, the out of bounds call on Frank was just a blown
8. Minnesota got called for a foul when a guy held Duje Dukan from
going for an offensive rebound. He was obviously asleep during the
film sessions. Seriously though, it was nice to see Duje hit one and
the second one was 90% down. I did not like the play where he sealed
his man off and got a post feed, but spun too slow. But even at that
point he had already drawn the double team, but somehow did not get
the ball to an unguarded Frank (I think it hit a foot, or something).
Hopefully this game was a small step in the right direction.
9. I saw both Tim Jarmusz and Brooks Bollinger sitting behind the
Badgers bench. One was a prolific passer.
10. "My 10 Things" will be taking a break on Sunday as I will be
watching the game from a sports book in Las Vegas. After that I will
probably be at all the remaining games, so I will try to get to them
done as time allows.
LOS VENERABLES WROTE:
Has Nigel made a reverse layup all year? Might be time to retire that
DESPITE BEING FAT AND 5 \' 10" I FIND THAT IT IS MUCH EASIER TO MAKE A
REVERSE LAYUP IF YOU DONT USE THE BACKBOARD. Now this wont work
obviously as well if you have a 7' foot giant there to block it on the
other side, but it works extremely well if no one is on the other side
to block the shot. Much easier to do once you get the hang of it.
Ends up being a really easy shot even for me, I would imagine once
he got it down Nigel could make about 90% of them. You have to
position your body a little different but I find it doesnt make the
shot any easier to block by the primary defender.Being 5'10" and fat
makes your take on it pretty irrelevant. Putting the ball on the
glass" softens" the shot and reduces the likelihood of it spinning off
PiPress game story 
From the link:
The season's first sellout crowd at Williams Arena, bolstered by a
squadron of Wisconsin fans, provided a charged atmosphere but not much
of a home-court advantage.
The No. 6-ranked Badgers rolled to a 76-63 win in front of 14,625,
clinching the Big Ten Conference regular-season championship and
marching steadily toward a top seed in the NCAA tournament.
All this after a Gophers recruit predicted a Minnesota win: 
But Pitino's recruits have grown even more excited after the Gophers'
win over Michigan State. They sense another upset for the Gophers
(17-12, 6-10) on Thursday night against No. 6 Wisconsin (26-3, 14-2)
at Williams Arena.
"It was a big win, and the guys played well and together," Victory
Rock Prep (Fla.) center and Minnesota recruit Jonathan Nwankwo said.
"They can beat Wisconsin."
It would be Minnesota's third straight win over the rival Badgers at
the Barn. But this one would likely be more worthy of a court storming
because Wisconsin is fighting for a No. 1 NCAA seed.
Sid says stuff 
From the link:
So being the college basketball expert he is, Knight was asked to
pick who he thought is the best team in the country right now. His
answer: No. 6 Wisconsin, who defeated the Gophers 76-63 at Williams
Arena on Thursday night.
“I’ve seen some good basketball, but I haven’t seen what I
would consider to be a great team [this season],” Knight said. “I
like Gonzaga because of the way they play. I think they play the game
the way it should be played. Wichita [State] has come back and
they’re playing well like they did a year ago. [But] I don’t think
there is a great team.
“But I really like Wisconsin. I enjoy watching Wisconsin play. You
mentioned the three-point shot. The team that I’ve seen that best
uses the three-point shot is Wisconsin. They do a great job with it.
They’re a very, very solid team. If you were to pick out a team for
me to watch play, I have to watch this team play. I would pick
Wisconsin because of the way they play at both ends of the court.”
I thought you were kidding. Sid actually starts the column with "My
close, personal friend Bob Knight ..."
Think there is any chance Sid is making fun of himself? Nah, I
didn't think so either.
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