It was a good night for state of Wisconsin basketball fans as both the Bucks and Badgers got a win. Both games ended at nearly the same time so there was plenty of channel flipping in the last few minutes of each game.
Who cares how pretty it was, the Bucks needed a win. Chris Bosh could not be stopped as he posted his career high in points with 44. It was not enough as the Bucks held off the Raptors for the win.
One thing about this game really puzzled me. In the closing minutes when every score is huge it seemed like the Raptors forgot that Bosh was on the team. Until it came to the point where three pointers were a must, every possession should have went through Bosh and I counted at least three possessions in a row where he didn’t touch the ball while the lead was less than five points in the closing minutes. That did not make any sense. Were they unaware that Bosh is their star? Were they unaware that Bosh was having a career night?
I guess those are questions for the Raptors to answer. The Bucks will take the win, and it is a helpful win in more ways than getting the bad taste out of their mouths from the recent road trip. This win could have playoff implications. The Bucks have clinched two out of three in the series with the Raptors, with the final game between the teams being this Friday. If both teams are tied for a playoff spot the Bucks would win the tie-breaker.
This win over Michigan was a fight all night. The Badgers did not grab a lead until the final minutes of the second half. Almost the entire game while the Badgers were trailing I could not watch, this could have been a bad loss. When games with Purdue and Michigan State are right around the corner the Badgers must hold serve against teams they are better than. It was just looking like one of those nights for most of the game where nothing would fall. The Badgers would continue to get offensive rebounds but the put-backs would also not fall.
In the end good defense and typical Bo Ryan great team basketball allowed the Badgers to find a way to win. Jon Leuer was really missed in this game. He, along with Hughes, is a guy that can get the Badgers out of a scoring rut by forcing the action and the team almost lost without him in there. Come back soon!