By TOM LEA
With the Super Bowl so fresh in Bo Ryan’s mind, and with his team eagerly anticipating a rare week off between games, the 11th-year head coach used his post-game press conference following an overtime win over Minnesota as an outlet to get some laughs.
“Disney World is out,” he quipped. “I saw (Eli) Manning do that thing by the way.”
Currently sitting 1.5 games behind Ohio State in the Big Ten standings, Wisconsin, as Ryan stated, still has an opportunity to chase down its first conference title in five years. It still has both Michigan State and Ohio State — the two teams in front of the Badgers — on its schedule, although both tilts will take place on the road.
There’s no time for this team, although it might be beaten and battered, to rest.
“We’ve still got a lot of edges to smooth,” Ryan said. “We’ll give the guys some time because there are some nicks on our team that every team has that we want to get healed up. We’ll take our standard one-day off eventually within the seven days.
“It’s crazy some times in basketball with the way our schedule is.”
Using football as the prime example, Ryan suggested that it’s difficult finding a way to reach a groove within such a goofy league schedule. When you play on as many Sunday’s as the Badgers have already and will continue to play on, its schedule gets thrown off through the course of the week because it may follow a Sunday game with a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday game later in the week.
It’s never set.
“Meal-wise, with the travel, for 12 o’clock games, six o’clock games, nine o’clock games on the east coast its hard to get into a routine,” Ryan said. “I’m only saying that because we have to manage our time and make sure our guys won’t get leg weary.”
Junior forward Mike Bruesewitz, though, is all for having some time in between such an important game. He’s sore.
“My ankles hurt,” he said. “My whole body isn’t feeling so good right now. I’m going to go see Henry Perez-Guerra (UW’s trainer) after this. Things will be copastetic.”
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