Saturday, November 20, 2010

Badgers Looking to Go 3-0

Caught up in all the hoopla of the Badgers football team and their quest for a Big Ten Championship, it may have been easy to miss that the Badgers basketball squad season is well underway. Bo Ryan's squad first played their usual preseason affairs which this year included stomping all over my Alma mater UW-La Crosse Eagles, and then opened up the season with wins against Prairie View A&M as well as North Dakota. The two wins were convincing as they should have been, with the Badgers rocking a 38-point margin of victory right now. Tonight, however, the Wisconsin will be playing outside of the Kohl Center for the first time in 2010, as they travel to UNLV for a 6pm game on Versus.

I'm not going to lie to you and say that I am an expert on college basketball, but I can write a quick half-assed preview as well as the best of them. Tonight's game should be a decent test for Wisconsin, as both of these teams are borderline in the Top 25 rankings (in the AP, Wisconsin falls at 27 while UNLV would be 32; the Badgers are ranked at 25 in the Coaches Poll, with UNLV receiving votes at 31). I'm glad to see a team like this on the Badgers schedule this early in the season, because I have little to no idea just how well this team is supposed to do this season. This will be a good litmus game, as they call it.

I ultimately think that the Badgers will be victorious on the road tonight, if for no other reason than I'm a homer of a fan. Look for Jon "Fishing" Leuer to have a big game though if Bucky is going to grab the win (we are totally running with that nickname that Tony came up with). Leuer had 24 points against Prairie View A&M, and then posted another 22 against North Dakota. It's becoming more and more apparent that this is going to be Leuer's team, so we'll see how far he can carry them on their back. 


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