Madison (WQOW) -- Bo Ryan is known as a coach who stresses fundamentals. Even though the Badgers are getting ready for their first Final Four trip under Ryan, things aren't changing a whole lot when it comes to getting ready for the next game.
Wisconsin's players have been scrambling to catch up on missed classes and cramming in as much info as they can about Kentucky. The Badgers practiced Monday at the Kohl Center with one more practice scheduled Tuesday before heading to north Texas. Ryan says he's cherishing every moment with arguably his best team at Wisconsin.
"It's been really enjoyable because we have some young men that are really outstanding and really know how to handle everything that's been given to them, all the obstacles, all the good points, the bad points and everything in between. It's always nice when you see in their eyes that they're so excited about this to be able to play again. It's why we do it," says Ryan.
Even though the Badgers are about to play one of the biggest games in the history of the program, Wisconsin won't change its approach, especially when it comes to the academic side of things.
"The toughest part right now is getting guys caught up with the classes that they missed and the classes that they're going to miss this week." Ryan says, "we've expended more time getting that squared away then we have probably with basketball with them. But, hopefully, by the time we leave Wednesday they'll be all caught up."
The Badgers face Kentucky in the second game on Saturday. If they win, Wisconsin will play for the national title on Monday.
Sports Director Bob Bradovich will be in Texas this week. His reports begin on Thursday.