JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAll year Wisconsin did it on defense.In getting the job done on the defensive end, the Badgersfinished the regular season leading the nation in scoring average and holdingopponents to just 54.3 points per game en route to a 26-4 record, a No. 8national ranking and a regular season conference title.?We just took care of business,? Badger head coach Bo Ryansaid in his Monday press conference.?There?s a lot of reasons [for success of the defense], andit just doesn?t start with one person,? Ryan said. ?I don?t think enough creditis given to what say a Greg Stiemsma gives us off the bench. Sometimes peoplelook at minutes to judge a person?s play.?Stiemsma led the team in blocked shots with 33 during theseason.?I think some of the other guys, the way they cover for oneanother is the key to how this group has played defensively,? Ryan said. ?It?sjust been mainly guys picking up for one another.?Wisconsin forced 14.1 turnovers per game from its opponentsand held its foes to just 38 percent shooting from the field for the season.??Well, thisgroup didn?t create as many turnovers as some of the other teams that we?vehad, but shooting percentage-wise, I would have to think this would be thelowest,? Ryan said.?I think shooting percentage-wise our team has done a goodjob of maybe getting teams to not have as many good looks as they would like tohave. Yet I look at film and see guys wide open, ? but there haven?t been a lotof wide-open shots that the other teams have had.?As for what the basis of the defense is, Ryan citedprinciples he learned from Bob Knight more than 30 years ago.?Everything that I?ve done defensively has been off of thatclinic in ?72,? Ryan said. ?There?s a lot of zone principles in the man-to-manthat we play, and I?ve always liked that concept.??Badgers receive awardsThe Big Ten?s annual awards were released Monday afternoon,and several Badgers were among the recipients.Leading the way was Brian Butch, who was named to the conference?sfirst-team by both the media and the coaches. Butch lead the Badgers in bothscoring and rebounding this season.Michael Flowers was an all second-team selection by themedia and an all third-team selection by the coaches, while Marcus Landry was thecoaches? all second-teamer and a media all-third team pick.Both Flowers and junior Joe Krabbenhoft were named to theall-defensive team, and sophomore Jason Bohannon was named the conference?sSixth Man of the Year.Ryan, while believing the honors were well-deserved, doesn?tthink they were the ultimate goals of his players.?I think our players would tell you they got their award andtheir reward, and that was a Big Ten Championship,? Ryan said. ?I think thefirst thing that they wanted was what they accomplished.?As for naming the team?s most valuable player this season,Ryan felt it was just too difficult to decide.?There?s no way this year. There?s no way,? Ryan said. ?Youwould say defensively Michael Flowers, but you know what, Krabbenhoft, Landry ?what they?ve added defensively, Trevon?s gotten better defensively. Offensivelythen who is the MVP? Can?t do that either. I don?t know where to start on thatone.??Badgers start Big Ten preparationsWisconsin won?t play again until Friday, but when theyreturn to action the Badgers face the possibility of playing three games in asmany days. As such, UW will try to catch up on some rest early this season.?Well, one of the keys is that we have remained in prettygood physical condition and shape, but you want that to continue,? Ryansaid.??Our guys when theypractice, they practice hard. ? There?s a lot of contact out there, so on a daylike today it?s going to be more skill work, shooting free-throws, lifting andconditioning.?UW faces the winner of Thursday?s game between Iowa andMichigan, but the team will prepare for both to be on the safe side.?Tomorrow we?ll start preparing,? Ryan said. ?Tuesday willbe one team for the scout-team, Wednesday will be the other team, and thenThursday we?ll know.?
There is no doubt that one of the biggest benefits for a sports fan attending the University of Wisconsin is the level of competition at which the school’s varsity teams compete. It is, with little question, a true joy to go and watch athletes compete at nearly the highest level. Once more, these sports programs facilitate a communal atmosphere that undoubtedly bonds all of the student observers through a shared experience. Yet there is much more to every sports enthusiast than just an interest in observing sports. There also exists the element of participation that is necessary for someone to really immerse themselves in the culture of sports — and fitness as a whole — while on campus. Whether it’s club sports, intramural competition or just staying in shape, the best spots on campus for achieving this immersion is at recreation centers. A staple of colleges around the country, rec centers offer all students the opportunity to compete, socialize and stay in shape all throughout the year. Even when the sub-zero temperatures set in, which they surely will, Madison’s easily accessible rec centers offer a sanctuary for those who crave the physical exertion that only competition through sport or exercise brings. Currently awaiting completion is the brand new Nicholas Recreation Center — “the Nick” — that will be located in the Southeast portion of campus right in-between Ogg, Witte and Sellery residence halls. Scheduled to be finished in early 2020, the incoming residents of Southeast dorms will soon be greeted with the opportunity to utilize the Nick for the first time. As UW moves forward with plans for new Natatorium, Rec Sports hosts listening session with ASMAs the University of Wisconsin moves forward in their plans for a new Natatorium, representatives from Recreational Sports sought the Read…Boasting a grand total of five floors of active space, eight full-size basketball courts, five dedicated fitness studios, 29 swimming lanes and over 30,000 square feet of cardio and strength training space, the Nick will surely be an irreplaceable asset for all those who wish to participate in the many offered student sports programs or who simply want to get fit. For anyone who does not find themselves in Southeast residence halls during the year, there is nothing to fear. The largest current rec center, the Natatorium, is located on Observatory drive. It’s in close proximity to Lakeshore residence halls. It too contains multiple basketball courts, swimming lanes, weight and cardio areas as well as its own dedicated training studios. Though staying in shape is one of the most important things to focus on while dealing with the challenges of college, perhaps even more important is finding a place within the campus community. For those who function well in a competitive environment, rec centers in Madison are the home of building this competitive bond with fellow students. SSFC passes 2020 segregated fee allocation, approves new rules for budget returnsThe Student Services Finance Committee approved the 2020 segregated fee appropriation and new rules for General Student Services Fund budget Read…During an examination of basketball culture at the Shell, the famed rec center located under the imposing shadow of Camp Randall, this idea of forging close bonds through sport clearly revealed itself. UW student Nick Johnston said no matter where the competition comes from, athletes welcome those who wish to join them in their endeavor to forge friendships through sport.“No matter who you play against or with it is still a tight community, what is on the court is different than what is off the court.” For those who wish to continue their competitive habits or strike up new ones, there exists no place better than the rec centers to reap the benefits of sports. Despite one’s time management skills or academic drive, there come times when each and every student will be stressed during the course of the school year. What better way exists to relieve that stress than through the very resources offered by UW’s rec centers? SERF to be renamed the ‘Nick’ in honor of Nicholas familyIn an announcement Tuesday, the University of Wisconsin detailed plans for the construction of the Nicholas Recreation Facility, which will Read…On this very topic, Johnston elaborated on his experience with basketball at the Shell. “It’s natural for humans to have a drive to compete. We come to the Shell to compete and get all that bound up energy out,” he said.This experience is not limited to the basketball community, as any student that wishes to find friendly yet stiff competition amongst their peers will certainly have the opportunity to do so at one of the rec centers in Madison. As a Big Ten school, UW has the resources at its disposable necessary to provide a rewarding athletic experience for all those who are interested in sports and participating in them. All it takes is a short walk to the nearest rec center to discover a world of competition and fitness that is only available within a community of thousands of like-minded students.