On this episode of the Obstructed View podcast (click here), we discuss how the Wisconsin Badgers fit into the NCAA tournament and theories on how to take down Kentucky.
It's an all Wisconsin-Kentucky, Final Four preview in this episode of the Obstructed View podcast (click here) with 580 WKTY's Rick Solem, former Wisconsin State Journal sports reporter Cory Jennerjohn and former college coach and current CEO of StudentAthleteWorld.com, Tim Ryerson.
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Every angle of the Wisconsin Badgers travesty against Duke in the NCAA championship is hit by Rick Solem (AM 580 WKTY), Cory Jennerjohn (AllGBP.com and former Wisconsin State Journal columnist) and Tim Ryerson (former collegiate coach, CEO of StudentAthleteWorld.com).
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A year ago, the Milwaukee Bucks were a dead franchise.
They’re a year or two, and a player, away from becoming a powerhouse in the East – maybe the NBA.
But right now, they’re a sixth seed, looking to upset one of the favorites to go to the NBA Finals, the Chicago Bulls (Game 1: 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN).
By RICK SOLEM
Here are my predictions for the first round of the NBA playoffs. Skipping ahead to the NBA Finals, I think the Warriors beat the Cavs in seven.
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The Bucks take to the home court Thursday in Game 3 with Chicago, down 2-0.
We talk about their chances, the odds Michael Carter-Williams can learn to shoot in the near future - and how Philly set him back years in development. We hit on the state of the NBA playoffs ... and, Golf Boards. We lead with Golf Boards, with Rick Solem (580 WKTY), Cory Jennerjohn (columnist at allgbp.com) and Tim Ryerson (President of Student Athlete World).
I’m rarely optimistic. Especially when it comes to our homer teams. But, here we go.
If the Bucks pull off a win tonight (7 p.m. tip) over the Chicago Bulls, they force a Game 6 back in Milwaukee, and that’s a big thing. Because all season, the Bucks haven’t experienced an actual home crowd – one that cheers frantically for the team. Then they get a playoff home crowd and are like, "WHAT?"
“It just filled us with energy,” Giannis Antetokounmpo said. “Especially when I made the and-one basket and I saw the crowd going crazy, the feeling was great. It was one of the best feelings I ever had in the Bradley Center, to see all the crowd going crazy and cheering for the team.”
This crowd may only be three-quarters … maybe half full of Bucks’ fans, as many have driven up from Chicago, but the difference in energy in the building now, compared to the regular season is huge. Bringing the series back home for Antetokounmpo and Co. to feed off some more could make the Bulls a little nervous.
In Chicago, the Bucks have played well, but ultimately lost by eight and nine points, respectively, in Games 1 and 2. In their first home playoff game, they should have probably won it, but ended up losing 113-106 in double overtime.
And, of course, they pulled out the win at the buzzer Saturday with, either a Jarryd Bayless clever backdoor cut, or a mental lapse by Derrick Rose on defense (ahem, mental lapse, ahem).
Now, the Bucks have to win one on the road, and it’s not an impossible feat. They’ve lost games because Rose has played out of his mind. I still don’t think he’s his old self.
Jimmy Butler has consistently been the thorn in Milwaukee’s side. The Bucks have elected to double team Pau Gasol the second he touches the ball, only to, sometimes, leave Butler wide open to do whatever he wants. That has to change. Maybe to the extreme of doubling Butler on some occasions.
Joakim Noah has been a near nonfactor for the Bulls. Maybe he’s injured and not saying. Maybe he’s just useless as a scoring threat on offense. It’s allowed Milwaukee to put Jared Dudley on him – though it’s not helping the Bucks’ rebounding effort. Noah has 18 points this series … and 47 rebounds.
Regardless, the mashup unit of Bucks is giving the Bulls a run for their money and, winning tonight would be cause for concern to all in Chicago, as they head back up to Milwaukee for one more home-away-from-home game.
But that’s me being optimistic. Very optimistic.
On this episode of the Obstructed View podcast (click here), we discuss the Bucks-Bulls series coming back to Milwaukee, the rest of the NBA and the NFL draft with Rick Solem (580 WKTY), Cory 'Jibs' Jennerjohns (AllGBP.com) and Jon Weisbrod (SouthernMinn.com).
Oh, Jennerjohn and I did talk about the Brewers for 13 seconds, as well.
Solem-Jennerjohn: Bucks, Packers and NFL Draft (18:40), NBA playoffs (26:16).
Solem-Weisbrod: NBA (28:00), NFL draft (42:18).
I’m not watching the fight Saturday night. But I’m not boycotting it, either, as many people are.
It’s a sad state of affairs in the NBA. The only teams left relatively unscathed from Round 1 are the top seeds. The rest either have severe holes or took on severe blows on the injury front.