Baby Badgers Making Progess Growing Up

After years of college basketball success in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers are experiencing growing pains. Gone are four of the five starters from a team that could have won it all. They have finished in the top four of the Big Ten for something like 14 years straight-formerly unheard of in the league. This year, Ethan Happ leads a bevy of freshmen into the war zone. Their play has been mostly consistent by being competitive against four ranked teams in the early going. Then Ohio State and in state rival Marquette blew them out. But they won on the road against a good Penn State team. One and one in the Big Ten so far. Beginning tonight, they have a string of non-conference games. This will be their growing up period before getting into the meat of the conference season. They need to learn how to hang onto the ball more and at least hit the first of two free throws in the one and one situation. Growing up is hard. If they don’t do it now, the string of top four finishes and NCAA appearances will end. If they don’t, the’ll begin another string next year with a battle tested group of sophomores.