Several players confirmed after the game that the team did not follow the defensive scouting reports like they should have. While 14-of-15 shooting from three is not all the result of sloppy defense, UW certainly could have made it harder on the Buckeyes out on the perimeter.
"There are just times where people just must be forgetful. They forgot some things," Ryan said. "I am not giving anyone up to be a sacrifice, I have never done that, it is just things that guys did that weren't a part of what was being prepared and they paid for it."
Although Ryan would not go into specifics about how the scouting sheets were not followed, he did say that he was fine with how the Badgers have defended the pick- and-roll this season.
"Just stick to your rules," Ryan said.
At Least He Didn't Get 10
While he noted he was joking Monday, he still noted there wasn't much UW could have done differently after Diebler got hot.
"He was real comfortable and when you get real comfortable you have to try and take somebody out of that," Ryan said. "It didn't matter. There wasn't a whole lot of separation there on the threes that he hit. There were shots where he took that coaches would go, 'Oh no, no — oh, good shot.' Because he can."
Just One Game At A Time
By most accounts, Wisconsin is somewhere between a three or four seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Presumably, if the Badgers reached the finals on Sunday, they should be a lock for a three seed.
Ryan doesn't know and doesn't want to think about it.
"I gave up a long time ago trying to figure out how those things are done," Ryan said. "Whether it is already set, whether they already have lines done. People have all these philosophies … I don't know about seedings."