This is Bo's 12th year so here are the numbers from his 12 years VS the Previous 12 years.
My question before I enter the numbers is this; would you rather have Bo's 12 years or the previous 12 years which included a Final Four?
Before Bo there were 5 coaches, Yoder, Jackson, Van Gundy, Bennett, Soderberg, here are there numbers
Overall Record 180-158
Big Ten Recored 77-115/ Zero Big Ten Championships (tournament or regular season)
20-win seasons- TWO
NCAA- 5 appearances w/ 6 wins and One Final four
BO RYANS NUMBERS
Big Ten- 140-54/5 Big Ten Championships, 3 regular season and 2 tournaments
20-win seasons--Nine possible 10 if they get there this year and he has TWO 30 season (he has as many 30 win season as the others do 20 win seasons
NCAA--11 soon to be 12 with 16 wins and an Elite 8
So which 12 years do you want? How do you not see where Bo has taken this program? Other coaches like Roy Williams, Calipari have walked into programs with tradition, and were able to build from current or previous traditions....Wisconsin had little to no tradition. Bo had to start a tradition and a program that consistently won....Look at the numbers people., prior to Bo there was no consistent success...Wisconsin now has a tradition where they are expected to win. Bo can finally start to build on the groundwork he has created. If you see it differently, then you are not truly looking at the numbers....Numbers Never Lie!
I have said for some time now Brad Stevens is the best coach in college basketball. However, the team he took over won 29 games and did make the Sweet 16 the year before Stevens took over. Butler had more NCAA appearances and more Sweet 16 appearances when Stevens took over than the University of Wisconsin did when Ryan took over.
So they is some arguement to your statement.
And I have nothing against any of the coaches you mention except ones that break rules are do not follow compliance. But if you are trying to convince me that the Dick Bennetts, Mike Davis' or even Tom CreaN's are better for getting to one final four I disagree with that logic. Bennetts Final Four year is his only year he made it out of the first round with Wisconsin.
I am blinded by loyalty to whom? Bo? I follow Wisconsin Basketball. I support the program, players and coach. I have been around Wisconsin basketball long enough to know that Bo Ryan has built a program that consistantly wins. Others will argue that his teams won't ever get to a final four or compete for a title, but I believe Wisconsin's best chances to win in March is with Bo Ryan as their head coach.
Bo has NEVER made a final 4.......so butler was a great program your saying before stevens took over? You brought up coach cal.....i just brought up the fact that he didnt only win at a tradition school.....tom cream took marquette to a final 4.....GW made a final 4....dick bennett made a final 4....didnt even VCU make a final 4? Coaching in the tournament is alot different then the regular season.....its all about matchups and how you adjust......UNLV, davidson, and cornell have all knocked bo out of the dance. Bo is a great regular season coach who under performs greatly come march. It is what it is....but i guess your to blinded by your loyalty to see that. Why wouldnt recruits want to go to a school like wisky who consistently wins 20 plus games a year? The system. The coach. The shortcomings come march.Dick Bennett won 4 games in the NCAA Tournament, and it just so happens that it happened all in one year. You know what? I'm actually happy with where the program is. You act like we should be embarrassed that every year the team wins 20 games, but when your team doesn't make it to the tournament for nearly 50 years making the NCAA Tournament is still considered an accomplishment.