Team preview: Wisconsin
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
- Editor's Note: Insider has teamed with Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, long known as the Bible of college basketball, to provide a comprehensive look at all 327 Division I teams.
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.
To continue reading this article you must be an Insider
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
MORE MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- Embiid (back) could be out until mid-NCAAs
- Delaware clinches 1st NCAA bid since 1999
- Manhattan wins MAAC, punches NCAA ticket
- Florida, Wichita St. remain 1-2; UK falls out
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
- adidas Men's Wisconsin Badgers Red On-Court Practice T-Shirt