Along with the first fully in-person classes the University of Wisconsin-Madison has seen in over a year on Wednesday, the Big Ten added to the excitement by unveiling their 2020-2021 schedule. basketball program.
The schedule arouses feelings of uncertainty for many fans, as the Badgers squad is very different from the seasoned veteran squad Greg Gard had last season. Even in their youth, the Badgers are far from familiar with the same mold of great Midwestern players supplemented by quick, skilled guards from the ranks of the refined prep schools of the South and East Coasts.
At the Kohl Center, this season will be one of the best recruiting classes in the Gard. Additionally, the Badgers have used the transfer portal this offseason, acquiring transfers such as Chris Vogt and Jahcobi Neath. During the offseason, Brad Davison announcement he returns to the team for a final season. The fifth-year elder played 4000 minutes in his Badger uniform.
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Overall, the Badgers are surrounded by uncertainty about their ability to play at a young age and whether their young core doesn’t melt in the Big Ten melting pot.
Given that uncertainty, the next step is to break down the early games leading up to the winter break, trying to come up with an accurate prediction of an opening month that will most likely be a complete roller coaster.
The Badgers’ Big Ten schedule doesn’t start smoothly as they host an underrated Indiana team. The Hoosiers present themselves as fundamentally anti-Wisconsin and have no shortage of high society students. The Hoosiers not only have award finalist Karl Malone and jumper Trayce Jackson-Davis, but they’ve also added Miller Kopp who lit up Northwestern last season.
Ultimately, the Badgers will need to contain Jackson-Davis, a task that will put young center Steven Crowl to the test and introduce fans to Vogt as Micah Potter’s level addition to the squad.
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The good news for the Badgers is that after Indiana, they hit the road against an equally young team from Ohio State. The state of Ohio gives Crowl and Vogt a chance for continued redemption or domination, a real possibility given Vogt’s size and Crowl’s natural talent.
Ohio State’s Kyle Young has produced enough on the pitch to be one of the Big Ten’s best rebounding forwards. Outside of Young, the game will come down to a guard game with Johnny Davis of Wisconsin set to win buckets against Jamari Wheeler of Ohio State, one of the Big Ten’s top defensemen during his time at Penn State.
The first two games on the Big Ten calendar leave the Badgers with what will be a true coming-of-age tale. After the winter break, the Badgers lead the challenge playing teams with highly recruited players from teams such as Purdue, Michigan State and Maryland.
The Big Ten season is a mountain to climb for any team. Considering the youth and the incredible advantage of Badger’s squad, the sky is the limit for what could be a very successful Big Ten season which depends significantly on the outcome of the first two heavyweight opponents of the season. .