Wisconsin 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Wisconsin Badgers - Big Ten (29-5, 13-3)
Seed: #2 - Midwest Region
Big Wins: 12/16 Pittsburgh (89-75), 1/9 Ohio State (72-69), 1/20 at Illinois (71-64)
Bad Losses: 11/24 Missouri State (64-66), 1/31 at Indiana (66-71), 2/20 at Michigan State (55-64)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, First Round loss to Arizona
Coach: Bo Ryan (7-5 in 5 NCAA appearances)
Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Tournament history
Probable Wisconsin Starters:
Michael Flowers, Junior, Guard, 7.2 ppg, 3.0 apg, 3.9 rpg
Kammron Taylor, Senior, Guard, 12.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg
Alando Tucker, Senior, Forward, 20.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg
Marcus Landry, Sophomore, Forward, 5.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Jason Chappell, Senior, Forward, 3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Wisconsin:
Jason Bohannon, Freshman, Guard, 4.2 ppg, 1.0 apg
Joe Krabbenhoft, Sophomore, Forward, 5.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Greg Stiemsma, Junior, Center, 2.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg
Brian Butch, Junior, Center, 8.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
A Bo Ryan coached team is always fundamentally sound and this year’s squad has some more explosive talent to add to the mix. The Badgers among the best in the nation with just 11 turnovers per contest and in fouls per game with just 15. That is practically the definition of fundamentally sound. The defense is extraordinary, giving up just 57 points per game and a 41 shooting percentage from the floor.
Big Ten Player of the Year, Alando Tucker, is the go-to-guy for the Badgers. He averages over 20points per game and can stuff the stat sheet in nearly every department. While the Badgers won’t take a lot of three-pointers, Kammron Taylor is an effective long range shooter and hits over 40% of his attempts from long range.
Why Wisconsin Can Disappoint:
The free-throw shooting could be worse than 68%, but Wisconsin could be much better as well. Wisconsin does not want to get into a free throw shooting contest at the end of a game, but that can be hard to avoid in the grind it out games of the NCAA Tournament.
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Who To Watch:
Brian Butch, Jason Chappell, Marcus Landry and Greg Stiemsma form one of the deepest group of big men in the nation. Unfortunately, Butch is out for at least the first weekend of games after dislocating his right elbow.The unheralded Chappell will do the dirty work and the 6-11 Steimsma can take over that role when Chappell needs a rest. Landry has been an offensive and defensive spark off the bench and, with the absence of Butch, the sophomore will have to step up his game.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.1 (146th in nation, 3rd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 57.2 (8, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.3 (69, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.7 (40, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 67.9 (198, 10)
Rebound Margin: 4.9 (35, 4)
Assists Per Game: 13.7 (146, 9)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.4 (12, 2)
Joel’s Bracket Says: Sweet Sixteen loss to Oregon
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