Greg Gard took over as Wisconsin’s head basketball coach on an interim basis after the abrupt retirement of Bo Ryan earlier this season, and just received some great news. According to Jeff Potrykus of The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin administrators are preparing to offer Gard a long-term deal after the Badgers’ recent hot streak to close out the season.
Allow me to set the stage. After losing two key players from last year’s NCAA Tournament runner-up squad to the NBA Draft, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, Wisconsin stumbled to a 7-5 start this season and even lost to lesser programs like Western Illinois and UW-Milwaukee. Ryan then retired and Gard took over.
Wisconsin would then go 13-5 under Gard’s watch, going 11-1 after a three-game losing streak in January. Though unranked, the Badgers are far from on the bubble.
And Gard is just the man who should be coaching Wisconsin. He served as an assistant under Ryan for over 20 years and knows the swing offense, plus has shown prowess as a recruiter.
He’ll make for a smooth transition, so Badgers fans should be excited for what the future holds.
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