Monday, December 03, 2007

Hopefully-- A Return To Happier Times Begins Tonight

Wisconsin men's basketball plays their first game since the Duke debacle-- at home against Wofford (a small Division I school located in South Carolina) at 8 pm Central. Oddly, the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2. Wofford is in the Southern Conference with our old friends the Citadel and Appalachian State. The best team in that league seems to be the best liberal arts college in the South, Davidson College, which is, of course, headlined by Dell Curry's son. So far this season, Wofford has handily beat three teams I've never heard of (have you heard of Lees McRae, Toccoa Falls, or the University of Virginia College at Wise?) and lost to Arkansas by 22 points. They did beat Cincinnati last season, however.

Wofford is UW-esque in its infrequency of committing offensive turnovers, handing the ball over to the other side only 12 times a game last season. That led the Southern Conference. I was going to say that Wofford returns a decent upperclassmen backcourt, in Shane Nichols and Drew Gibson, but in the games they've played so far, those guys haven't been featured much. So Wofford is a bit of an enigma, but since they've beaten three non-Division I teams, and lost to a mediocre Arkansas team (the Razorbacks barely made the tournament last year, lost several key seniors, and fired their coach in the offseason) by a bunch, most UW fans shouldn't be too worried. Let's hope we're able to relax and enjoy tonight's contest. With Marquette on the horizon, the team could use a solid, confidence building performance.

Ah, and here's a preview, proffered by the Cap Times.

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