Team preview: Wisconsin
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
COACH AND PROGRAM
To the casual observer, the state of Wisconsin is not known as a basketball hotbed. Think Wisconsin hoops and the first name likely to pop into your head is Dick Bennett, the patron saint of Dairyland basketball coaches. Bennett's teams and their close-to-the-vest, chest-pass style of play conjure images of four-corner offenses played by guys in belted shorts and knee-high socks who work the floor for an open two-handed set shot.
But that was yesterday, or at least 2000. Take a look around Wisconsin these days and you'll notice that three-count 'em, three-of the state's four Division I programs qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season. Tom Crean took Marquette to the Final Four. Bruce Pearl helped Wisconsin-Milwaukee knock mighty Butler from its traditional Horizon League perch.