Sept. 27, 2013
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MADISON, Wis. -- An abbreviated offseason came to a close this week as the Wisconsin men’s hoops squad opened the preseason with its first official practice of 2013-14 on Friday at the Nicholas-Johnson Pavilion.
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The September start date, which is three weeks earlier than the usual mid-October start, is a result of an NCAA rule change, which allows teams to practice 30 times prior to their first official contest of the season.
The rule change comes at a great moment in time for the Badgers as Bo Ryan and Co. welcomed six new freshmen into the fold this summer.
Fans will get their first chance to see the Badgers in action at the annual Red/White Scrimmage, which is slated for Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. The Badgers open the 2013-14 season on Oct. 30 with a visit from UW-Platteville in UW’s lone exhibition contest of the season.
- Theoretically, the Badgers are ahead of schedule in terms of team practices. Along with the new NCAA rule that allows coaches two hours a week with their teams during the summer, the Badgers were also allotted 10 additional practices this summer to prepare for their five-game tour of Canada.
- UW stressed fundamentals that are a signature of the team: ball-handling, partner passing, ball fakes, defending the baseline, transition defense, rebounding
- The six freshmen, who competed with the Badgers this summer during the team’s Canada trip, are ahead of the curve in terms of experience. Not only did they get the luxury of offseason competition, but they got a little taste of what to expect in practices during the two-hour sessions and Canada practices this offseason.
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