The Badgers lost to Ohio State last night 83-73.
I think that's all that needs to be said on that game. Next topic!
I see that Alex Rodriquez is back in Yankees training camp again, only this year it is as a "special consultant". Couple things:
One, I think that's a great move by the Yankees. Just a veteran in the locker room as someone to help the young guys out in Spring Training, specifically the guys that are in their first Spring Training. Having a voice like A-Rod to just be around and hang out with the guys and almost be like a liaison between the players and coaches could help.
Two, another great step for A-Rod to rebuild his image. I think he's got a great baseball mind and a feel for the game. I could even see him being a manager one day. But just continuing to be around the game, even in a small capacity or for short bursts of time I think helps. It sounds like he was outstanding on the FOX pre- and post-game shows last postseason too. I have to take people's word for it because I didn't watch much of it since the Rangers got swept in the first round and by that time the Cubs fans had made me hate baseball with all their posts/tweets/etc.
Three, I need to find me a job where my job title is "special consultant". That basically means you do nothing, whenever you want, and just give your opinions about whatever you want right? Sounds like a great job.
Now seriously about that Wisconsin game last night. I try to never freak out too much about conference losses on the road. Last night though may have been the official waving of a red flag for this team. They have been trending in a bad direction for a good period of time now and last night was ugly for 39 minutes. The Badgers dominated that final minute to make the score seem a little closer than the game actually was. They benefited from an easy early non-conference schedule and a weak Big Ten in general. I've thought all season Wisconsin was probably a 4 seed in the tournament that could possibly even sneak into a 3 seed since their schedule was so weak. Possibly even a 2 seed if all the stars aligned.
Looks like now that could be a 5 or 6 seed...and maybe a 7 if these dominos continue to fall. If you look at Wisconsin's tournament resume, what's their best win? On the road at Minnesota or home against Maryland or Syracuse are probably the 3 options. That's not strong by any means. It's not like they need signature wins to get into the tournament though since they should be locked in but when you start looking at seed lines their resume won't do them any favors unless they have a strong showing in the B1G Tournament. The selection committee already left them out of the Top 4 seeds a couple weeks ago and that was before this stretch of ugly play.
But again, I'm not going to loss my mind about a conference road loss. Or even their recent extended stretch of poor play. They are who they are....(I'm not above using cliches). They aren't a Top 10 team this year. But if you get me into the tournament with a healthy Happ, Hayes, and Koenig I like my chances. And that was the positive for the Badgers from last night, Koenig looks like he's starting to get healthy. With two more weeks, I think he's at least close to 100% by the time the Big Ten Tournament starts. You give me that trio in the tournaments and I'll roll the dice with those guys against most teams.
Losing out on the conference regular season title hurts though. Damn.