Saturday, March 29, 2008
Badgers fall to Davidson in Sweet 16
Davidson's amazing tournament run continued on Friday night. This time it was at the expense of the #3 seeded Wisconsin Badgers, as the Badgers fell 73-56.
With LeBron James on hand to watch him play, Davidson's Stephen Curry added to his growing legend with 33 points on 11-for-22 shooting, including 6 for 11 from three-point range. The Badgers defense and Michael Flowers just couldn't contain Curry, or any Davidson players for that matter.
Early on in the game Wisconsin PG Trevon Hughes went down with an ankle injury and the Badgers missed him all game. They had a tough time generating any type of offense and looked lost at times. It certainly was not your typical Badger basketball, we've all become accustom to. The Badgers also failed to establish any inside game, sometimes leaving 4 guys outside of the paint and behind the 3 point line.
From a defensive standpoint, it also did not look like Badger ball. They got beat inside, left guys wide open for 3's, and lost out on countless offensive rebounds. Basically they got out-played, out-hustled, and out-coached.
To look back on the season and say it was a disappointment, would be wrong. The Badgers had a great year and exceeded expectations by winning both the regular season Big Ten Championship and the Big Ten tournament championship. Farewell to seniors Brian Butch, Greg Stiemsma, and Michael Flowers.
Davidson now takes on #1 seeded Kansas on Sunday for a berth to the Final Four.
Photo credit: Joe Koshollek