The Kohl Center - and particularly Jordan Taylor - was the center of the college basketball universe on Saturday after Wisconsin's 71-67 win over No. 1 Ohio State. Here is a sampling of some of the praise being heaped on Badger basketball:
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Andy Katz of ESPN:
(Taylor) proved that he is not only a top-10 point guard, but the best in the Big Ten and a serious contender for Big Ten Player of the Year
, along with Ohio State's Jared Sullinger and Purdue's JaJuan Johnson.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on Twitter:
"Bo Ryan is the best coach in college basketball
. Doesn't get enough credit for the job he does every year. Watch out for the badgers n march"Pat Forde of ESPN:
"Taylor went on a binge that might be the most impressive 13 minutes of basketball
by any college player this season."Bo Ryan:
"What he did there, if people don't take that and frame it, for a one-game performance ... He's a pretty good player all through the season, but what he did right there, I don't know if there are too many players in the country that have ever done that
. Not just this year, but at any time, against the No. 1 team in the country."Gary Parrish of CBS:
"It's disappointing that there can't be a revote next week on that silly Cousy Award so Taylor can be one of the 10 finalists for an honor that he would otherwise now arguably be the favorite to win
."Gary Parrish of CBS:
"I'm not dropping Ohio State even after Saturday's 71-67 loss at Wisconsin because, I mean, who wouldn't -- and doesn't -- lose at Wisconsin?
If we're gonna start punishing teams for that, we might as well start punishing teams for wearing baggy shorts. Or chest-bumping. Or doing all the things all college teams do -- like lose at Wisconsin."Jordan Taylor on the court storming:
"It was unbelievable. I was at a loss for words and it's something we'll never forget. I would say it's a once-in-a-career type of thing, but we had the same thing last year against Duke. We're just blessed to be here at Wisconsin
, at a great program like this and playing for Coach Ryan."Jared Sullinger of Ohio State:
""We've never faced somebody like Jordan Taylor. He's a big, physical guard who can shoot, who can move the ball, who can do whatever you want to help your team win. He's a great basketball player."
"It was so loud (during the Badgers' game-changing run in the second half) that we couldn't hear on some of the ball screens. I think that's the deal with not really playing in an atmosphere like this (before). Me and Craft were kind of lost on a couple of ball screens they scored on (because) we couldn't hear each other."Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated:
"The biggest national story may have been that college basketball no longer has an undefeated team. Here, though, it was all about Taylor
, who had offered proof: that he could pull off the most monumental of comebacks, that he could play near-perfectly against the country's last perfect team, and that in the fraternity of not just D-I point guards but the best D-I point guards, he certainly belongs."Greg Anthony of CBS:
"Jon Leuer has been an absolute phenomenon for this basketball team, but how about the surprising season that Jordan Taylor has had. He's been as improved a player year to year as any player in America."Thad Matta of Ohio State:
"They had to play for that stretch damn-near perfect
to get us and they did."Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News:
"That is the entire point of Wisconsin basketball. It is not about playing slowly, but about playing correctly.
In an ordinary game, if it takes 34 seconds to get a great shot, fine, so long as it doesn't take 36." Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News:
"He is one of those exceptional point guards who can make the game move at whatever pace he wishes, so strong is his control. Derrick Rose can do that. Chris Paul can. When he's got two good feet, certainly Duke's Kyrie Irving fits that description. Taylor comes in a smaller package -- listed at 6-1, perhaps generously so -- which is why he is not one of those guys being hunted down by agents' runners.
The game he played Saturday, though, might change a few minds." Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News:
"Wisconsin's defense throughout was superb, particularly against freshman star Jared Sullinger. His ability to dictate the game from the post was countermanded by the determined defense of Badgers senior Keaton Nankivil. One at a time, Nankivil, forward Jon Leuer and backup Jared Berggren fought to stay in front of Sullinger, and whatever weak-side defender was available cheated in behind him to discourage passes thrown over the top."Benjamin Worgull of FoxSports.com:
But while Wisconsin took its licks from Sullinger (19 points, 12 rebounds), Ohio State and Aaron Craft, the Buckeyes' best defensive weapon, simply couldn't not defend
what Sullinger called the "undefendable." Steve Megargee of Rivals.com/Yahoo:
"If Taylor, a 6-foot-1 junior, wants to make his case that he's one of the nation's best players at his position
, all he has to do is show someone a tape of his Saturday afternoon performance."Dave Revsine of Big Ten Network:
"In the half hour or so after the game, among the top 10 trending topics worldwide on Twitter was the name Jordan Taylor. What do you think of that?"Jordan Taylor:
"I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't think that was pretty cool."