June 20, 2006

Badger Men’s Basketball Preview

Category: Badgers — Patrick Stumpf @ 5:47 pm

The Badger men had a tough end to the NCAA tournament last season after getting blown out by the Arizona Wildcats 94-75. But they are looking better than ever after they only lost senior sharpshooter Ray Nixon from the 2005-2006 team. With new recruits incoming that include point guard Trevon Hughes from St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy, the Badgers will be fully loaded and looking to go deep into the tourney this season. Wisconsin has a ton of returning talent still on the roster: upperclassmen Alando Tucker, Kammron Taylor, and Brian Butch and underclassmen Marcus Landry, Joe Krabbenhoft, and Greg Steimsma just to name a few. The stars should be Alando Tucker as well as Kammron Taylor who really stepped up his game last season averaging just over 14 points per game and shooting 40% from trey land. I think the key to the Badgers success is the play of Brian Butch and Marcus Landry, as they look to improve on somewhat disappointing 2005-2006 seasons. More so for Landry, who was unable to play for academic reasons almost the entire season. As far as the starting lineup is concerned, look for a Trevon Hughes/Kammron Taylor tandem in the backcourt with Hughes to start at point guard and Taylor starting beside him at shooting guard. The frontcourt should include Alando Tucker to start at the 3, Marcus Landry at the 4, and Brian Butch to start at center. Bo Ryan should be very excited as his 2006-2007 team is shaping up to be the favorite at the top of the Big 10 as well as one of the top college teams in the country.

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