I can't believe that the final 10 seconds of UW-Texas aren't up on Youtube. Come on, people. Those last two plays were great, and the steal-throw into the air while falling out of bounds to kill the clock, was the quintessential Michael Flowers play. Hooray for seniors who man up in big games. Along that line, congrats to Butch, who manned up on the offensive boards and down low, to the tune of 20 plus points and 10 plus boards.
But the reason the Badgers were in this game in the last minutes, playing without Trevon Hughes, is that they finally took care of the ball-- committing only 10 turnovers. And they continued to play excellent defense, holding Texas, a team with at least three future NBA players, below their typical shooting averages, both from beyond the arc and overall. I may be overstating the case, but when UW takes care of the ball, they can play with anybody. They are that good of a defensive team.
First game of the Big Ten season is Wednesday Night at six central, at Michigan. Hughes may still be out with the ankle he sprained last Friday. Again, I predict if they can take care of the ball, they'll win. That's a mantra I'll be repeating throughout the basketball season.