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NCAA Tournament Coverage

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT TEAMS

2005 NCAA TOURNAMENT Coverage Preview Bracket Final Four Predictions Store

By Nick Meyer

itoffishul777@hotmail.com

March 15th, 2004

NCAA Tournament Scouting Report: Wisconsin

 

The Badgers have always been a smart, tough, fundamentally sound team, especially on defense. But this squad is also more athletic than people give them credit for.

           

The return of swingman Alando Tucker from the foot injuries of last year has been vital to the Badgers. Tucker is athletic and versatile, with a great knack for getting his shot off at impossible angles to finish around the basket.

           

The backcourt of Shariff Chambliss and Kammron Taylor is very quick, but a little undersized.

           

Small forward Zach Morley is a dynamic offensive player with the ability to score inside and out, and he’s coming off a great Big Ten Tournament performance. Shooting guard Clayton Hanson is a phenomenal spot-up shooter, hitting 43 percent of his threes, but is one

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 dimensional.

 

Tucker teams up inside with first-team All-Big Ten center Mike Wilkinson to provide great inside scoring and defense. Wilkinson is a smooth 6’8, 240-pounder with excellent footwork and the ability to finish inside with both hands. He’s also a master at drawing offensive fouls.

           

Bo Ryan is one of the nation’s most underrated coaches, and he gets maximum effort and production from his players.

 

Weaknesses:

 

The Badgers are excellent defensively, but lack of balanced scoring is a nagging problem.

           

Wilkinson and Tucker are the only players who average above double figures.  Chambliss and Taylor are not proven pressure performers, and both are prone to bad shot selection and turnovers. Lack of backcourt depth is a serious problem.

           

Summary:

The Badgers are a well-coached, fundamentally sound team that excels at all the little things.

Their unorthodox “swing offense,” featuring post plays for the guards, and slow-down style make them difficult to prepare for. But the lack of backcourt experience should be their downfall. If only they still had Devin Harris…

 

 Prediction: Wisconsin won’t have much trouble with Northern Iowa, but Kansas should knock them out in a close second-round game.

 


 

More Big Ten NCAA Tournament Scouting Reports

 

So you think the Big Ten had a down year?  Most conferences would kill for 5 NCAA Tournament teams, and the #1 seed in the entire field of 65.  Maybe the Big Ten isn't as strong as it has been in recent years, but you'd be foolish to just ignore the damage that a Michigan State or Wisconsin can do.  Nick Meyer presents scouting reports for each Big Ten team that's playing in the post-season, including NIT bound Indiana.

 

NCAA Tournament

Illinois Scouting Report

Michigan State Scouting Report

Wisconsin Scouting Report

Minnesota Scouting Report

Iowa Hawkeyes Scouting Report

NIT

Indiana Scouting Report

 

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