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Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Badger assistant coach Greg Gard joined the show on Thursday to preview the Badgers’ game at Minnesota tonight.
Minnesota is a team that is struggling lately losing six of their eight last games, but Gard says he isn’t sure if desperate is the right word to use to describe them, and that coaches can twist an opponent’s record to keep their team focused. “When you look at an opponent, they are either coming off a win and you’re saying man they are playing well, or they’re coming off a loss and you say man they are going to be desperate.”
Gard said the Badgers focus is winning the Big Ten Title. “Until we get mathematically eliminated, that’s always the number one thing.” Gard also mentioned that playing well in the Big Ten gets a team prepared for what they are going to face in the Big Ten tournament.
As for the fatigue the Badgers are feeling at this point in the season, Gard says he thinks the team is good to go. “Having Sunday and Monday off to kind of regroup and get our legs back, I’m not worried about (playing all of these games because) these guys know it’s a dog fight.”
Gard and the Badgers are focused on Minnesota, but he says he will never forget that half-court shot Ben Brust made against Michigan last Saturday. “That’s typically a once of in a life time shot that you personally get to witness.”