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Some news from the past few days on the Badgers men’s basketball team.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Greg Gard ranks No. 10 among B1G coaches in winning percentage with at least 50 wins over the last 40 years. We can shout all we want about Gard’s team being more consistent, and yes that would be nice, but he is coaching this team pretty well and winning a lot of games.
  • We discussed how well D’Mitrik Trice has been playing since Kobe King left the team earlier this week, but another player has also stepped his game up recently: Aleem Ford. Ford showed flashes of improvement at the beginning of this season and then sort of disappeared for a large chunk of the year. A healthy, happy and aggressive Ford will be a nice weapon for the Badgers to have as the calendar flips to March.
  • If you weren’t at the game on Sunday to see the halftime video celebrating the 2000 Final Four team, the Badgers tweeted it out earlier this week. This also includes the halftime ceremony which was fun to watch and “remember some guys” who you may not have thought about in some time.
  • That 2000 team meant a lot to the people of Wisconsin. A kid like Trevor Anderson grew up never knowing the Badgers as anything other than NCAA Tournament participants and B1G Title chasers. That was not the case for a long time prior to 2000, however.
  • A final look back at what to led to the resignation of Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland last week. There are more new details in Polzin’s story that flesh out what was going on behind the scenes the past month.