Bo Ryan and Badgers heading to Final Four/Brewers open 2014 MLB season with shutout.

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untitledIn this episode of the “Red Light Sports Ramble“; presented by the Red Light Sports Network, Evan and Troy discuss the classic game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Arizona Wildcats.  Monday was opening day in MLB and the Milwaukee Brewers posted a 2-0 shutout over the Atlanta Braves.  Bo Ryan has compiled over 700 regular season wins coaching college basketball and now has finally found out what going to the Final Four feels like.

It was the heavyweight battle that it was hyped to be.  Arizona brought in the 5th best scoring defense in the country; while Bo Ryan has been known for having teams that play a tenacious type of defense.  On this Saturday night, both teams brought the defense.  Each team dug deep and frustrated the other for 40 minutes.  This frustration led to 5 minutes of extra basketball in overtime.  With the Badgers clinging to a 1 point lead; Nick Johnson drove the lane and a foul was called.  However; it was an offensive foul and the ball was in Wisconsin’s hands.  A simple inbound of the ball and Bo Ryan would be headed to the Final Four.  Arizona would not hand over his first trip to the Final Four that easy.  An aggressive play led to a possible turnover.  The referees had to review this play and decided that the ball did belong to the Arizona Wildcats.  Nick Johnson, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, could not get the shot off in time.  Frank Kaminsky carried the Badgers on his shoulders for most of the game.  He finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds.  The points were key, but his pure leadership and presence are the reason that he was named Most Outstanding Player of the West Region.  The Badgers will face #8 seed Kentucky in the Final Four on Saturday, April 5th.  Kentucky has surprised many people in the tournament.  This Freshman led team is playing like the group that many scouts had predicted early in the year.  They have trailed in every game and have kept playing hard and hanging around. No team has been able to put them away and they are talented enough to make those runs to erase leads and eventually win ball games.  Evan and Troy will preview the Final Four on Friday’s episode of the Red Light Sports Ramble.

Monday was also opening day in MLB.  In Milwaukee, all eyes were on Ryan Braun.  It was no surprise that he received a supportive standing ovation on his first at-bat.  After all, it was a home game for Milwaukee.  Like most fan bases, there is a loyal following and it is now time to put the past to rest and focus on the 2014 MLB season.  Today was not Ryan Braun day.  The day belonged to the Milwaukee pitching staff as they completed and opening day shutout of the Atlanta Braves.  Four pitchers combined to pitch a five hit shutout.  Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo went six strong innings yielding only four hits.  The strong Milwaukee bullpen came in and dominated the Braves hitters for the next three innings; allowing only one hit.  The ageless wonder Francisco Rodriquez entered the ninth inning to record his first save of the 2014 season.

Listen to the full episode of the “Red Light Sports Ramble”.

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