Former Badgers Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz and Charlie Wills say they like what they saw out of the Badger men’s basketball team in the second half against Minnesota and hope it continues come tournament time. They agree seeing Bronson Koenig hit three-pointers is important. But defense is really the key to a deep tournament run.
“That’s what we hold our hat on is defense,” said Gasser. “When you lose a starter like Bronson (to foul trouble) in the first half but you hold a team like Minnesota to 29 points and stay in the game. That’s big. Hopefully that can carry over into tournament time.”
Indiana beat Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament second round on Thursday night, so the Hoosiers will play the Badgers in Friday night’s quarterfinal in Washington D.C. Mike Bruesewitz says that’s fine with him. “I think we match up better with Indiana. Plus I hate Tom Crean!”
MADISON | Former Badger men’s basketball players Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz and Charlie Wills give their thoughts on the Badgers wins over Ohio State and Michigan and look ahead to their showdown at Minnesota in this week’s Wisconsin Basketball Roundtable. They also discuss how the Badgers need to improve down the stretch of the regular season to reach their ultimate goals.
MADISON | Expectations for the 2016-’17 version of the Wisconsinbasketball team are sky high, with many national publications projecting the Badgers will start the season in the top 10 of the major polls. In coach Greg Gard’s first full year leading the program, Wisconsin returns its entire rotation from last year’s Sweet 16 team that came within 19 seconds of going to their third-straight Elite 8.
Now, with a full summer of workouts complete, the Badgers will hold their first practice of the preseason on Friday.
Former Badgers guard Josh Gasser joined the Joe and Ebo Show on Wednesday to give his take on this year’s team, as well as a little football talk as Wisconsin gets ready to take on No. 4 Michigan this Saturday.