Wisconsin's Ryan gets Final Four shot at Kentucky

Wisconsin Badgers coach Bo Ryan watches his team during practice before the semifinals of the Final...

Wisconsin Badgers coach Bo Ryan watches his team during practice before the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

Bo Ryan has waited a long time for this opportunity. A coaching lifetime in fact, for a shot at winning a national title.

A win by his Wisconsin Badgers over Kentucky on Saturday will give Ryan that chance to add to his four Division III rings. After averaging just shy of 25 wins during his 13 seasons at Wisconsin — he’s been coaching in the state since 1976 — the 66-year-old finally reached the Final Four when the Badgers blew out No. 1 seed Arizona.

They said his team didn’t deserve to be a No. 2 and that it couldn’t score like all of his other Wisconsin teams.

“They” were wrong. The Badgers might not look the part, they don’t jump out of the gym, don’t get up and down the court as if propelled by jets — they just get the job done.

Don’t tell Ryan his team isn’t athletic enough, even when compared to Kentucky’s absurd athletes.

“Athleticism is defined in a lot of ways, okay?” Ryan said Friday.


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