Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad Losses
It was a rough, rough week for Wisconsin’s top two college basketball programs. What could be worse than Bo Ryan’s Badgers blowing a 9-point lead with a little over two minutes remaining against Michigan State? Michigan State ultimately won the game in overtime. How about Marquette losing an 18-point lead to Louisville with 5:44 remaining? Louisville ultimately turned a 65-47 Marquette lead into a Louisville 71-70 win.
Hopefully the lessons learned from this past week’s debacles (is there a plural form of debacle?) will be helpful to each teams’ future success. Wisconsin late in games must find a way to keep the ball in the hands of Jordan Taylor. Period. I really trust the guy and there really is not another option at the point for more than two minutes a game. What would UW do if Taylor had to sit out for an extended amount of time? I shudder to think.
As for Marquette, they play more close games (and lose more than their share) than any team this side of Mike McCarthy’s squads. I love the competitiveness, and I am driven crazy by the lack of sound decision-making at times. While the team is heavy on guards, they do not have an established point guard to calm things down when the game gets tight. In a year that player will be Junior Cadougan, but for right now Dwight Buycks and Darius Johnson-Odom need to play with more maturity. MU is really close to being really good, but they aren’t really good because they cannot consistently finish tough games.
I expect both teams to make the NCAA Tournament and am moving on after both miserable losses. Now…let’s not have any more games like these this year.