To get to the Final Four, the Wisconsin Badgers first spent a long night in the Ravens' Nest.
Outside of a few mentions on Twitter last Saturday when the Badgers got by Arizona in the Elite Eight, very few seemed to play up the fact that one of the last four teams standing lost to the 10-time CIS champion Carleton Ravens by double digits in August, with now three-time Canadian player of the year Phil Scrubb going off for 30 points and 12 assists in a 95-82 game that wasn't that close. It was, granted, an exhibition game between teams from two vastly different collegiate hoops solar systems, with Carleton boasting a veteran squad that can practise together all summer due to CIS rules and Wisconsin coming in with three new starters and playing with an unfamiliar 24-second shot clock. Yet the fact is a game that isn't listed on the UW men's basketball site and wasn't mentioned by TSN's analysts during the Badgers' Elite Eight win — is Carleton's coach Dave Smart now Voldemort now that Sportsnet is the CIS rights holder? — got Wisconsin on a new path. It gave the Badgers a window into their potential to become a more up-tempo team, instead of replicating the slowdown style long attributed to Bo Ryan teams.Read More »from How loss to Carleton Ravens put Wisconsin on the road to the Final Four