January 2, 2009

Badgers prepare for improved Penn State team

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin men's basketball team started the 2008-09 Big Ten schedule, much like it did last year. After its win at No. 24 Michigan, the Badgers started off the conference slate with an impressive win. Now, it heads back to the Kohl Center for tilts with Penn State and Northwestern.

Following Friday's practice, UW head coach Bo Ryan addressed the media. The following is the audio of the brief session:

Bo Ryan, 1/2/09

The following is a transcript of Ryan's comments:

Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon have been shooting a lot better recently. Have they been working on that, or is it…?

Ryan: That's amazing when somebody…I mean they're not taking anymore or any less shots I don't think. Maybe they're working on a particular area of the floor at times, but you have to remember that these guys are full-time students. Just not, as of two weeks ago, we finished our finals and there's only so many hours a day that you can be in the gym. So you know, it's just like batting in baseball, there's streaks that people go through, you're seeing the ball better some days, you're seeing the rim better some days. So, we'll take what they're giving knowing that defensively you've got to stay really solid cause some nights or afternoons, the ball just doesn't go in.

Penn State has struggled here over the last 11 years or so, they haven't gotten a win in Madison. Do you guys take stock into that or is it just another game, another new year?

Ryan: I didn't even know that. I just know that we got them coming in tomorrow. I have no idea what the records been for anybody. I didn't know how many times we had played at Michigan and done this or done that cause it never matters.

Talking about their big three of Jamelle Cornley and Taylor Battle, what have they done to improve so much and what do they bring that's going to be…?

Ryan: Well, they're executing better, they're a little older. Last year they got into something where they had a star player, a very key player, go down with an injury early in the Big Ten season. I think that hurt them, you lose some confidence and actually they were pretty good last year. That I think really hurt them. Now, they came into this year, they knew what they had, they've worked that and they've been consistent so I think that's really helped them, too.

Do you feel like any of the Texas game carried over to the win in Michigan? It seemed like a lot of things you were doing well in that game continued into the Michigan game?

Ryan: You know, sometimes teams will take a bump in those games like we had with Texas and then fall into a mood, a little state of depression or whatever and feel sorry for themselves. Our guys know that I don't let people get into that if I can help it and they know what the upperclassmen that hey, we've got to get ready for the next one and that's exactly what they did. Then, if you get one on the left hand side it doesn't mean we're fine. We're not fine, we're not anything right now, and we're a work in progress from the standpoint that now we prepare for the next 40, the next 40 minutes is Penn State.

Is there any concern with the way Marcus Landry has been fouling lately? He fouled out of the Michigan game and was in foul trouble for a lot of the Texas game.

Ryan: It's okay, he knows how to use his body. He knows a couple of times there were some grabs or maybe a sudden move in the post, but you learn to deal with that. He'll be fine.

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