Why Wisconsin males’s basketball gamers view UCLA, USC additions to Massive Ten as a constructive | Wisconsin Badgers Males’s Basketball

The College of Wisconsin males’s basketball staff has gained the Massive Ten Convention regular-season crown twice up to now three seasons, however some new threats can be becoming a member of the league in 2024.

That’s when UCLA and USC are anticipated to affix the Massive Ten — and UW gamers are excited for what these packages carry to an already difficult convention.

The Bruins have 11 NCAA championships, which is greater than the entire present Massive Ten groups mixed (10). Michigan State is the convention’s most up-to-date nationwide champion in 2000.

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UCLA and USC each performed in final yr’s NCAA Match. And each made it to the Elite Eight in 2021, with UCLA shedding to Gonzaga within the Closing 4.

“Let’s herald the most effective,” UW walk-on Isaac Lindsey stated. “Why would not you need to play the most effective? Bringing in a staff of that caliber, like UCLA, you are gonna should be able to play them and beat them if you wish to win championships. That program is aware of win championships. I believe simply getting the choice to play them within the common season, we’ll simply perceive what a championship program seems to be like. It could actually assist us — and assist each different Massive Ten staff — understand what it takes.”

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Lindsey is certainly one of 9 gamers on the roster who might make the West Coast journey in 2024-25.

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Junior middle Steven Crowl had blended ideas when he heard the Massive Ten had accredited the addition of the 2 groups.

“I do not know if it is a unhealthy factor,” Crowl stated. “I believe these are two fairly good school basketball groups becoming a member of the Massive Ten. I simply suppose it may be tough that journey would most likely be the most important factor that they are anxious about.”

Crowl might be round for that. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, he has an additional yr of eligibility which might enable him the chance to play the brand new league members. The opposite 4 juniors would even have that probability. Crowl does not know if he’ll use his further yr.

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He joked that his youthful teammates might have some cross-country journey. One fear is groups could should play in California and journey to the East Coast to play Rutgers the subsequent day.

Crowl stated he isn’t anxious in regards to the journey particularly as a result of the staff is used to bussing and flying round in the course of the season. As an alternative, he sees the addition of the Pacific Time Zone as a difficulty.

Lindsey introduced up the Badgers’ most up-to-date success within the Pacific Time Zone — the Maui Invitational Championship — as his reasoning they will be superb. As an alternative of Hawaii, the annual occasion was hosted in Las Vegas final season as a result of COVID-19. UW beat Texas A&M, Houston and Saint Mary’s to win the match.

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The sophomore stated there was already a precedent for enlargement.

“I really feel just like the SEC is beginning to do it with Texas and Oklahoma going over to the SEC,” Lindsey stated. “I simply really feel like everybody’s getting the most effective collectively. We’d as properly play the most effective all yr spherical. You are prepared for the top of the yr after enjoying a terrific competitors like that.”


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