Well this is one of those road games where the UW Badger basketball team just didn't look like it had what it had what it takes to win on the road, but they did 53 to 52 on Josh Gasser's last second banked three (more on that later). In this game the Badgers shot only 36.2% overall and 27.6% from 3 hitting only 8 of 29 from deep and somehow they shot only 3 free throws in the entire game. What was particularly disappointing in this game was Leuer's play as he went 0-6 from deep and was virtually non-existent in the second half despite showing early in the game he could simply shoot over the Wolverines from within 10 feet, why on earth he didn't do that all game long we will never know. In addition while Taylor finished with 20 points and only 1 turnover it simply didn't look like he was having a very good game until very late in the second half, sometimes stats really are deceiving.
You have to ask yourselves how the Badgers were even in this game for a chance to win it in the end? First is that they always seemed to find an answer when they needed it, they never once let Michigan get on a run where they could get in front by more than 5 despite many times when it looked like just that might happen so the shooting was clutch when needed. Next Nankivil had a five minute stretch with 7 to play in the game where played great on both ends of the floor, without that stretch the Badgers fate would have been sealed. Finally they have Josh Gasser who is one of those guys who clearly elevates his game at the end when needed, he plays at a pretty competitive level at all times but at the end he just goes nuts with energy. Sure he committed a costly charge because of that energy and that three banked in could be seen as lucky but make no mistake a freshman won this game for the Badgers, he scored the last 5 points and made a great defensive play down the stretch as well. In fact for us the defensive play is probably our Gasser highlight of the year right now, not that banked shot.
We have read a lot in the last couple of hours about Michigan fans talking about how they have a young team that is really good but just young so they mistakes. Well the Badgers do start one freshman and you know what that kid is a finisher, we do think Michigan will be better in future years as recruiting is up but the Badgers will be just fine with Gasser leading the attack and in the meantime we are going dancing come March. It is sort of funny to see Michigan fans try to justify their program to the Badgers and somehow to try and make us look bad, look the Badgers haven't had a rebuilding year in 12 years, um Michigan you have been rebuilding so long we actually have a soft spot in a heart for you and root for you to finally put an end to the madness.
PS: One of my fondest memories was when the Badgers stormed back to beat Michigan at home way back in the days of the Fab 5 when Michigan was great and the Badgers had Yoder at the helm = not so great. If you had asked anybody that day in 20 years where do you think these two programs will be at, nobody would have come close to the answer.
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