Monday, April 6, 2015

Close But No Cigar

Well, the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team played a very good game in the NCAA championship game but Duke was the better team tonight, as the Blue Devils defeated the Badgers 68-63.
Unlike Kentucky, who were clearly sore losers, the Badgers showed class in their defeat... and the Badger fans did not riot in the streets after the loss.
Josh Gasser stood with his hands on his head in disbelief, confetti falling all around him on the court.
The final seconds of the senior guard’s 4,774th minute played as a member of the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team had just ended with a final buzzer, and Gasser couldn’t believe it was ending this way.
The Badgers’ dream of winning an NCAA title – a season-long mission for a team that won more games than any other in program history – ended with a 68-63 loss to Duke in the championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
“We wanted this bad,” Gasser said. “It’s almost shocking it didn’t happen. I truly believed we were going to win, and it looked like we were gonna. It just didn’t happen.”
Youth beat experience, with four freshmen combining for 60 points for the Blue Devils (35-4). Guard Tyus Jones led the way with a game-high 23 points, but he got plenty of help from classmates Grayson Allen (16), Justise Winslow (11) and Jahlil Okafor.
Jones and Okafor combined for all of the points during a 10-0 run that helped Duke turn a two-point deficit into a 66-58 lead late in the game. The Blue Devils withstood a rally from the Badgers to deliver a fifth title to coach Mike Krzyzewski.
“All you can ask for is an opportunity and a shot and we had it,” Gasser said. “Just didn’t get it done. We played a good team. I’m glad if we had to lose, it was a good team, well-coached team. Life’s not fair sometimes.”
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Duke is a classy program and tonight they were a better team, so congratulations to Duke.
Hopefully, the Badgers will be back, but they will probably won't be as they will lose quite a few players to the NBA and graduation.
So, thanks to the Badger's basketball team for the exciting year.

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