There have been a lot of bad weeks in this 2019-2020 college basketball season for the Badgers but the last 72 hours may take the cake. At the surface, the men’s hoops team has struggled mightily and dropped three of their last four contests. That alone will get a groan from the home supporters, but unfortunately for the Badgers, the problems go much deeper than that.
Firstly, wing Kobe King announced he would be leaving the Wisconsin basketball program via his Instagram. In it he stated that the program and system was not an ideal fit for him. Later on, guard Brad Davison received a one game suspension for his flagrant foul groin grab as he went around a screen against the Iowa Hawkeyes.
For a program that is usually seen in a very positive light, the Badgers are seeing some dark days and it appears to be weighing on the fans. After building confidence back up to 77% just a week ago, the on court performance dropped fans to a 64% confidence mark. Unfortunately for the Badger faithful, this was a poll taken before the King/Davison news, so unless the Badgers pull off an upset Saturday against Michigan State confidence appears that it will continue to drop. As a financial adviser would say, it might be time to sell stock.
Speaking of disappointments, SB Nation also polled those participating in the survey on who they though was the most disappointing team of the 2019-20 season. Thankfully for the Badgers, they are not on this list, but there was one overwhelming favorite. Any guesses?
If you guessed the North Carolina Tar Heels, you would be correct. A normal blue blood of college basketball, UNC has limped along this season to a 10-10 record and the 12th spot in the ACC standings. However, they have won two games in a row and should get star guard and future lottery pick Cole Anthony back next week as they push for a possible NCAA tournament berth.
Rounding out the disappointments was Texas, Virginia, Florida, and our own Big Ten foe Ohio State who shot out of the gates early but has since cooled to a 9 seed in the latest bracketology release. With February at the doorstep each team mentioned will need as many wins as they can get to have any dream of making the Big Dance. Any team can win it, but you’ve gotta get in first. This is February, as they say!