Wisconsin's Coach Bo Ryan is a great coach and has a great
program.I know this because the Badgers
consistently win. In 13 seasons, Bo's Badgers has never gotten worse than a tie
for fourth place in the Big Ten's regular season standing. Pretty impressive.
Bo takes good players and teaches them how to get
better.Then he assembles a team, making sure the players know their roles, instils work ethic, and puts a solid game plan together.
The Wisconsin Badger program is solid.
Kentucky's coach John Calipari is also a great coach and has a great
program.His approach is a little
different then Bo's, he is a great recruiter. Calipari
somehow lands some of the best players each year and coaches a team of
youngsters that are often one-and-done.
Coach Calipari has a different way of going about things
then Bo Ryan.He reminds me a little of
an NBA coach, an ego manager. The players that play for the Wildcats have been
told by people they are the best since sliced bread since they were in the 6th
grade. In many cases, they are.These youngsters are definitely fantastic
To begin the season, the team struggled. Coach Calipari
needed the entire year to get his mostly freshman team to gel.The Wildcats were pre-season favorites and
are now showing why.
Rebounding will be a key stat as Kentucky is the No. 1
offensive rebounding team and Wisconsin is the No. 12 defensive rebounding team
in the country. Brute strength as the battle of the boards will be fun to
If Kentucky shoots well enough, maybe there won't be any
rebounds. Kentucky could win this game on their ability to shoot three
pointers.They have shot almost 45% from
the three point line during the NCAA tournament and knocked off Michigan,
Wichita State and Louisville on game-winning three point shots.
It will be fun to watch the best player in the final four,
Shabazz Napier.It will be fun to watch
Frank Kaminsky as well as he is difficult to match up against with his variety
of post moves and ability to shoot the three and drive past slower defenders.
Saturday will showcase two great coaches, two great
programs, and two ways to get to the final four.
Both teams have earned their place and both teams will be coached up and flying
high. May the winner go to the best, most established program.