Wisconsin Badgers dominate on way to “Elite 8” / Jackson released by Eagles!

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images2UI7GIL2In this episode of the “Red Light Sports Ramble”; presented by the Red Light Sports Network, Evan and Troy break down the “Sweet Sixteen” win for the Wisconsin Badgers.  Before the game on Thursday; Eugene Pitchford and the boys agreed that the Wisconsin Badgers would need to hit their open shots to frustrate Baylor and their zone defense.  Offensively; the Wisconsin Badgers finished the night shooting 52% for the game, and 38% from 3-point range.  As the offense was in sync; the Wisconsin Badgers defense played as well as it had all year.  The tenacious defense held Baylor to 16 first half points and never took  their foot off of the gas, on either end of the court.  Coaches always stress the need to win the “battle of the boards”.  The Wisconsin Badgers did just that by out-rebounding the Baylor Bears 39-33.  The Badgers interior defense had been suspect at times during the year.  Today; Frank Kaminsky tallied 6 blocks in the paint.  Kaminsky ended the game with a team high 19 points but contributed in every phase of the game.  He was scoring, rebounding, playing defense and even distributing the ball to his open teammates, for open looks.

Against Baylor, the Wisconsin Badgers may have played their most complete game of the year.  They live to play another 40 minutes against Arizona on Saturday night.  The winner will advance to the “Final Four”, a place that Bo Ryan has never been.

The Wisconsin Badgers will face their toughest test against Arizona.  Like the Badgers; Arizona has multiple players that can score.  Therefore; shutting down one person is not going to guarantee a win.  San Diego State shut down Nick Johnson for most of the game.  After a 0-10 start; Johnson ended the game with 15 points. These two teams could be as evenly matched as any game left in the NCAA Tournament.  The biggest key for the Wisconsin Badgers will be to get Frank Kaminsky involved early and often.  For Kaminsky to have an effect on this game, it doesn’t have to come in the form of points.  If Kaminsky is active on the boards and disruptive in the paint, this will turn the advantage to the Wisconsin Badgers.

In NFL news; the Philadelphia Eagles released DeSean Jackson.  He He was set to make nearly $11 million this year.  However, there were some questions about his off the field antics.  The Eagles decided that his character issues were not worth the big salary.  The boys briefly discuss the breaking news of his release.

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