UW Health Sports Medicine 

A Finish That Lasts

Do you want to know the biggest difference between last year's men's hoops team and this year's incarnation? I mean, other than not having a player wearing goggles.

The biggest difference? Finishing games.

Wisconsin has been remarkably good at closing out games in 2009-10. I mean, incredibly good.

The Badgers boast a perfect 22-0 record when leading or tied with 4:00 remaining in regulation. That includes a 12-0 mark in Big Ten play.

By comparison, Wisconsin was 17-8 last season when leading or tied at the four-minute
mark of regulation, including 9-6 in Big Ten play.

The ability to close like Mariano Rivera is what makes this year's Badgers a 23-7 team that has high hopes come postseason time.