Practice remains normal for men’s basketball team

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIt’s been a long time coming, but the men’s basketball team is finally amid an eight-day break.It is their longest such lay-off since getting 13 days to rest between Dec. 15 and Dec. 28.Given more days between games to work with, UW head coach Bo Ryan is sticking to his normal practice schemes.”We always go over situations whether it’s a longer time period [or not],” Ryan said. “I mean we will go over [being] down two, up two, side-out, end-line out, full-court out. We do situations we might get in some more of during this time.”The things we want to be good at are the same things that you want to be good at in October as well as in February and March because the game won’t change during that time period,” Ryan added. “So we’ve always done that whether we’ve had a long break or not.”Along with the normal fundamentals, coach Ryan likes to hone in on simulated game-situations and study the film of the opposition as much as possible, still keeping in mind that when the game comes the opposition can mix up their game plan.”[Simulated drills are] something we’ve done in the past to reinforce what we do when we don’t have any timeouts [or] we have two timeouts because when you’re playing a game against a team that has shown one tendency, always make sure you mix in something else in case they change,” Ryan said.While practice may make perfect, coach Ryan and his players would rather be playing, especially since they are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.”Well, you always like to play. You always like to compete,” Ryan said. “It’s better.”The Badgers have been off since beating Ohio State last Wednesday at the Kohl Center. The win helped propel the Badgers into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, only a half game behind Iowa with four games remaining.With the break, there may be concerns as to whether these Badgers can continue the run that they’re on and play at the level they were competing at before this eight-day stretch. Ryan felt that to these concerns, there was no answer.”There’s been teams that have played well after a break and teams that couldn’t get their timing after a break, so I don’t think there’s one answer.”Even during the struggles of just a few weeks ago when they were playing regularly, losing three in a row and five of six, the Badgers continued to put each preceding game behind them and prepared for the next one.And while Ryan said that the media has been in a hubbub over the academic ineligibilities that have plagued the Badgers to start 2006 and the recent success that Ryan has had in overcoming these setbacks, he believes that his players are students of the game and they are the ones that make teachers better.”You’re always trying to get better at what you do,” Ryan said. “You just hope that you have players that are grasping your concepts and that their basketball IQ is improving. It’s still about what the players are doing. I know a lot of coaches that could X and O you to death, but still, what difference does that make if your players aren’t picking up on what it is that you’re … that’s important to the game. They have to execute it and get it done between the lines.Added Ryan: “In basketball, again, it’s about the players — what are they picking up, what are they willing to do when they get on the court, how hard are they willing to play [and] how smart are they willing to play.”last_img read more

Trevor Lawrence vs. Joe Burrow: Which QB has the edge in College Football Playoff championship?

first_imgAnd Burrow pointed out the other difference-maker — both quarterbacks can make plays with their legs.That’s the backdrop for the quarterback matchup that is a sign of the times in college football. One team has the five-star quarterback who hasn’t lost since high school. The other is a gift from the transfer portal who spent four years waiting for his turn to play. It’s a question that will be asked Monday — and perhaps again when they meet in the NFL.“Trevor has a lot of championship experience, and I think that counts for something, not that Joe won’t deliver,” Fowler said. “There’s tremendous pressure on both of them to key their offense. I can’t wait to see it unfold, though. It’s really tough to choose.” There’s no doubt about that. Both teams are 14-0. Burrow’s record-setting season in the Southeastern Conference led to the Heisman Trophy. Lawrence is 25-0 as a starter and has a chance to lead Clemson to back-to-back national championships. There’s a distinct possibility both quarterbacks will be taken No. 1 in the next two NFL draft, respectively.MORE: LSU-Clemson odds, predictions, trendsKnowing that, does either quarterback have an advantage, however slight, in this matchup that could go down as one of the best games ever?The case for Burrow is simple: He’s in LSU’s backyard. He has passed for 275 yards or more in every game, and he led LSU to victories against six top-10 teams. Burrow torched Oklahoma for 493 passing yards, 22 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns in a 63-28 Peach Bowl blowout against Oklahoma.“I would give probably a slight edge to Joe Burrow just because of how consistent their offense has been this year,” ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said.Herbstreit said Auburn is the only team that gave Burrow issues this season — a game in which he still finished with 321 yards, one touchdown and an interception.“If you give him the same look or he knows what you’re in, you have no shot of slowing him down,” Herbstreit said. “I don’t know if in my years of playing the game and covering the game, probably over 30 years, I have ever seen a quarterback executing at the level of Joe Burrow in a system like this.”Then there’s Lawrence, who led a four-play, 94-yard drive in the 29-23 victory against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Lawrence also led Clemson to a 44-16 blowout against Alabama in last year’s College Football Playoff championship game, a game where he upstaged Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa.“I don’t know if there’s anybody you’d trust (more) or not want to bet against than Lawrence,” ESPN’s Chris Fowler said. “Never having lost a game since high school, just the toughness that he showed against Ohio State when he got pissed off after getting hit in the head and really played much better after that. The 94-yard drive. The 67-yard run. He made plays in that game that are going to live in the history of the sport.”MORE: SN expert picks for CFP title gameBurrow’s full-season resume — which included 5,208 yards and 55 touchdowns — tops Lawrence’s. The second-year Clemson quarterback finished with 3,431 yards, 33 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Each quarterback was almost flawless in November: Lawrence threw for 1,622 yards, 19 touchdowns, no interceptions while Burrow threw for 2,403, 25 touchdowns, two interceptions.Burrow has the numbers, but Lawrence has the experience on the national championship stage, even if he doesn’t see it that way.“I don’t know how big the advantage is,” Lawrence said. “I think it’s just from an experience standpoint it feels good knowing you’ve been here, kind of how the week is going to go. Other than that, I don’t think it helps too much. The game is going to be won on the field.”Both quarterbacks know that: They met each other at the Manning Passing Academy last summer and are complimentary of each other’s styles.“I like a lot of things about his game,” Lawrence said. “Just his pocket presence is really good. His accuracy, obviously, and just how he’s pretty mobile, too. He can extend plays and has a really good feel for pressure and doesn’t take too many sacks.“He is a really good player, really smooth,” Burrow responded. “Still young, which is crazy. He’s light-years ahead of where I was when I was his age. I’m excited to compete against him.” NEW ORLEANS — LSU quarterback Joe Burrow isn’t afraid to lay out what everybody’s thinking about the much-anticipated showdown with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the College Football Playoff championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.“I think myself and Trevor are the two best in the game right now,” Burrow said at media days. “I think that’s a big reason why both teams are here.”last_img read more