INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Kentucky  71-64.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Wisconsin Badgers not tightening up ahead of National Championship game

There’s little doubt who has the experience advantage come Monday, as Coach K leads his Duke Blue Devils in to their ninth NCAA championship game. However, this is the first time the Blue Devils have been to the championship game since the 2009-10 season and that means none of the players were around for it.

Advantage Wisconsin? Only if they stay loose and be themselves over the next 36 hours or so.

If Sunday’s championship game press conference is any indication, don’t expect the Badgers to be overwhelmed by or intimidated by the moment. That’s because the starting five and head coach Bo Ryan certainly had a lot of fun with the press conference.

Naturally it started with Nigel Hayes and his obsession with the stenographer:

Hayes’ word of the day? It was rather appropriate for the occasion that’s for sure.

Well played sir, well played indeed.

Even Sam Dekker got in on the act, having fun with a photographer and apparently being bored enough to rip apart the gatorade cup in front of him.

The lesson here, don’t expect these Wisconsin Badgers to be anything but themselves on or off the court no matter the moment.

If ever there was a team to end the Badgers’ 71-year NCAA championship drought, this team and its makeup are exactly that team. We’ll all see in about 28 hours or so, but there’s a reason the slogan this season is #MakeEmBelieve.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site