Going into the 2019-20 basketball season Wisconsin took a huge hit with big man Ethan Happ leaving the program. That meant that an up and coming Nate Reuvers was going to have to produce big time down low. Most of the country had the Badgers floating around the middle of the Big Ten. Not in the top half, and not in the bottom half but right in the middle. Personally being a Badger fan I did not know where a lot of the scoring was going to come from on a consistent basis, so I had the Badgers at the 10 spot in my rankings.
They ended the season with a share of the Big Ten title by showing a lot of heart in the late games of the season. So what is different from last year to this year? Not much, and there are plenty of reasons why Wisconsin will contend for an NCAA title in 2020-21.
The Badger’s experience
Looking at the 2020-21 roster, there looks to be a lot of familiar faces on the team. That’s because there is, the only player to leave is Brevin Pritzl who was HUGE for the Badgers last season and will be missed. But, they return everyone else including seniors D’Mitrik Trice, Aleem Ford, Micah Potter, Trevor Anderson, Brad Davison, and Nate Reuvers. If that doesn’t cook up a recipe for a run at the NCAA championship, just wait there’s more.
Wisconsin 2020 recruiting class
Greg Gard and the coaching staff over at THE University of Wisconsin can hold their heads up high with the returning players they have coming back, but can also do the same for their star studded recruiting class that will join them. The class includes:
6’7 F Ben Carlson
6’4 G Jonny Davis
6’2 G Lorne Bowman
6’9 C Steven Crowl
6’4 F Jordan Davis
All of these players might be three and four star recruits, but they do not play like it. These kids will bring energy and talent right away for the Badgers.
Badgers team chemistry
The team chemistry for the Badgers is something that can not be unmatched. Last season, Kobe King left the team unexpectedly, and he was one of the reliable scorers on the floor for the Badgers. The team had to put it all together and come over the hump and finish out the year. Well they did. The composed Badger squad finished the year winning the final 9 out of 10 games, and locking up the number one seed for the Big Ten tournament which then got canceled to do Covid-19.
Plenty of teams may have this same storyline, but the Badgers showed that through the thick and thin they can win basketball games. With these kids playing with each other for three years, this is their year to win the title.
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