The Electric Commentary

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

If You Do Not Like Wisconsin Basketball, You Do Not Like Basketball

Some people find Wisconsin's brand of basketball tough on the eyes. These people are morons.

That's a bit harsh. Wisconsin basketball versus your typical basketball is like Shakespeare v. American Idol.

During a typical NBA game, fans and announcers alike will generally make the following complaints:

1. There is not enough passing.

2. Defense in the NBA is terrible. (Not true, incidentally.)

3. There is too much selfishess.

4. There are too many bad shots.

5. It's just a game of one-on-one.

Wisconsin's entire offense is based on getting the ball to players in space for easy passes. It's not unlike a typical soccer offense actually. The ball will almost always travel into the post at least once. Every player will generally touch the ball on every possession. The Badgers, as a rule, almost never take a bad shot. They tend to get wide-open threes, or points in the paint.

They are also one of, if not the best defensive team in college basketball. They also take care of the ball. Earlier this year the Badgers played an entire 40 minute game in which the committed one turnover.

They play basketball as well as you can. They are the Tim Duncan of college basketball.

Some people are looking for more "entertainment" with their game. They want dunks and cool moves. These are fine things, but they don't help you win basketball games. If you're more interested in seeing Kobe dunk, you may as well turn on some figure skating. Figure skating is all spinning and jumping to no end. It sounds more like what you're looking for.

Leave basketball to those of us who can appreciate it.


  • Well said. Those are the same people that complain about being bored during a 1-0 baseball game that's played in 2 hours and 10 minutes where both pitchers go into the 8th inning and the only run was scored on a sac fly. That's art. A 12-11 slugfest is entertaining, but not a well played baseball game.

    By Blogger Jbon, at 4:39 AM  

  • Excellent points, Paul.

    I love Wisconsin's style of basketball and everything you said is spot on. I had more fun watching Wisconsin surgically dismantle Kansas State (and their future draft picks) then I did watching the supposedly "exciting" Tennessee beat Memphis as they put up bad shot after bad shot. I can only handle watching so many forced three pointers from two feet beyond the arc.

    And it doesn't hurt that Wisconsin has one of the best coaches in the might be able to beat the Badgers for awhile but not for the entire game.

    By Anonymous Scott, at 10:20 AM  

  • Added note: The 1 turnover game was against Michigan State, which is impressive because Michigan State is itself a tough defensive team.

    Also, if you want to see another example of tough defense, Bennettball is back as Dick's protege and progeny Tony has coached historically pitiful Washington State to the Sweet 16. Highlights include holding their 2nd round opponent to 11 points in the 2nd half.

    By Anonymous Scott H, at 11:58 AM  

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