When the University of Illinois visited the University of Wisconsin, I sat press row next to NBC 15 Madison’s David Kmiecik, who covers the Badgers regularly. And also happens to be the man who helped co-found my website, The Sports Bank.net. Since our days growing up together in Palos Township, we’ve had numerous college hoops conversations like the one we typed out below, but now we share our observations with NBC’s online audience.
(PMB) Is it me or does Illinois coach Bruce Weber sound like the squeaky voice teen from The Simpsons?
(DK) If I break-out into laughter during Weber’s post-game, it will be because of the Paul M. Banks impression of Weber, complete with the dead-on squeaky voice.
(PMB) Thanks man, I only lampoon those I love. The Badgers’ style of play is the reason people around the country think Big Ten basketball is slow-paced with final scores in the 50s for every game. To their credit, they do use “stallball” to reach the conference tourney finals pretty much every year.
(DK) Well, Jason Bohannon just hit his fifth three of the first half, partially because Demetri McCamey is excelling at his typical half-hearted defensive effort (or lack thereof). If Cames tried as hard on defense as he does at chucking up threes, he could actually be a good player. I hope you get to hear Bo refer to someone as playing “like a man” tonight.
(PMB) Who are Bo’s “men,” the big slow white outside shooters (Mike Wilkinson, Andy Kowske, Brian Butch, Joe Krabbenhoft et al) that he LOVES to recruit?
(DK) Don’t forget about Greg Stiemsma. Looks like the Badgers are going to get one in the “left hand column.” (That’s another Bo-ism.)
(PMB) If Illinois’ defense continues to be this awful, then the media covering Illinois might have to start talking about Michael Jordan’s kid playing at UI again- even though he never plays more than 10 minutes a game. Anybody here with NBA Draft potential? Could any underclassmen show up in a mock draft down the line?
(DK) I think Leuer has the most pro potential. He’s 6-10, can shoot from the outside, put the ball on the floor, and has a nice set of moves on the block. He will need to get stronger- which he definitely already has over his year and a half at Wisconsin.
McCamey and Davis are potential second round picks if they continue to develop. But if McCamey isn’t on fire, the Illini are very beatable. Mike Tisdale just fouled out and was a complete non-factor tonight. That doesn’t help Illinois either.
(PMB) Like you might have heard once or twice or three-thousand times, Tisdale is on a 6,000 calorie a day diet. Sometimes when I look around in a room full of sports writers, I think they share his dining habits. Speaking of unsightly, that’s how I feel about the Illini deficit. Given that the team you cover is dominating tonight, I’ll let you have the last word.
(DK) First of all, the Badgers aren’t “my” team. Since I graduated from Marquette, they will always have my heart. I have grown to appreciate and respect the Badgers, but will NEVER refer to them as “my” team. Badgers win 63-50. That’s three straight lackluster performances from YOUR boys. Time to get a little worried…