The No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team enters the 2019 Big Ten tournament sporting a 14-6 conference record, which earned them the No. 4 seed. After earning a two-round bye, the Badgers await the winner of the Maryland and Nebraska game Friday. In the most recent national rankings, the Badgers sit at No. 15, one spot behind Louisiana State University and one spot ahead of Buffalo. As for the AP poll, Wisconsin is ranked No. 19 overall and is projected as either a fourth or fifth seed in this upcoming NCAA tournament. Accompanying Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan round out the top four seeds, therefore earning them a double-bye in the tournament. Maryland is the fifth seed and likely the opponent Wisconsin will face Friday. But Maryland still has to go through Nebraska in a Big Ten conference where anything is possible.Men’s basketball: Ethan Happ becomes first three-time All-Big Ten honoree in UW historyFor the third consecutive year, Ethan Happ earned himself a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. Happ becomes just Read…Iowa earned themselves the sixth seed in the tournament and await the winner of the second play-in game between No. 14 Northwestern and No. 11 Illinois. Minnesota, Ohio State, Indiana and Penn State round out the rest of the tournament field as seeds seven through ten. As for the Badgers, Khalil Iverson is playing some of the best basketball of his career, boasting back to back double-doubles in his last two games. Iverson had 11 points and 11 rebounds against Iowa on senior night and then followed that up with a 22 point, 14 rebound outing against Ohio State in their final regular season game. Iverson has scored double figures in five of the final six games of the season after only scoring double figures in two games all season leading up to that point. This is the most crucial point of the season for a team to be playing their best basketball. If Iverson can keep these numbers up, he might be the X-factor heading down the stretch. The Badgers have three scorers averaging in double figures this season: Ethan Happ, D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison.Men’s basketball: Brevin Pritzl may be Wisconsin’s secret weapon this postseasonBrevin Pritzl was born and raised here in Wisconsin. Playing basketball at De Pere High School — just outside of Read…Davison is currently averaging 10.9 points per game and Trice is scoring 11.9 points per game. But Ethan Happ leads the way with 17.8 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 4.7 apg while earning himself first-team All-Big Ten honors. As leading scorers, Wisconsin’s big three have been overshadowed as of late by some of the uplifting play from players like Iverson and Brevin Pritzl. It will be crucial for the Badgers to continue scoring with their big three while still relying on depth going into the postseason.The Badgers are averaging 69.6 points per game while holding their opponents to just 61.2 points each game which is second in the Big Ten. All the games from Wednesday through Friday will be aired on the Big Ten Network. The semifinals Saturday and the championship game Sunday will be aired on CBS Sports. Catch the Badgers’ first moments of March Friday at an estimated 2 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.
A few years ago, I had an idea for a sales conference. I asked my friends Jeb Blount, Mike Weinberg, and Mark Hunter to join me in building a conference, believing that there was an appetite for real sales content at a real sales conference. There are a lot of sales conferences, but most have morphed into technology conferences, and in a lot of cases, the tech sponsors provide the content in what amounts to a demo from the stage. We agreed that the conference would provide content for salespeople, sales managers, and sales leaders.As the two-day OutBound Conference came to an end, I had a few thoughts about my friends.Jeb Blount is the hardest-working man in sales. He reached Diamond Status on Delta in January. I don’t know how many miles you have to fly to reach that status, but no one I know who reached it did it in a single month without traveling internationally. Jeb and his team carried the heaviest load when it came to putting on the OutBound conference, and the work they did made it an exceptional experience for everyone who attended.Jeb’s keynote was a mix of this last two books, Sales EQ (for which I wrote the foreword) and Fanatical Prospecting (with a foreword by Mike Weinberg). Jeb’s delivery reminds me of Zig Ziglar, and not just because Jeb leaves the letter “g” off the end of a lot of words, being a southern boy, but because of endless stories and funny anecdotes. I am honored to call him one of my best friends.Mike Weinberg is the honey-badger. I think I might have given him that name on a webinar because of his ability to dole out the blunt truth with a demeanor and honesty that draws people to him. He’s a truth-teller in a world of charlatans. Mike’s work on prospecting is so fundamental and so well designed, that his keynote is a workshop by itself.I was fortunate to write the foreword for Mike’s book, New Sales. Simplified. It has something North of 500 reviews on Amazon.com. Mike is a good man with a good heart. I am happy to call him my friend, and I even more pleased that he is in the business of helping people get better sales results. He is needed now.Mark Hunter is the most polished keynote speaker of our group. I want to call him, “The Voice,” but that hasn’t stuck yet. Mark’s work around High Profit Selling and High Profit Prospecting (with a foreword by Mike Weinberg) is only a part of what he delivers from the stage. A bigger part of his message is around leadership, including leading yourself. Mark came to OutBound after being all over the world the week before, and he showed up as charged up and fired up as I have ever seen him. He is a true professional in his craft.I’ve been friends with Mark for so long I can’t remember how or where we met. All I can tell you is that whenever there is something to do, Mark will be the very first to go joyfully into the endeavor with the belief that it is going to be excellent and that it deserves his best energy. He’s taught me much about speaking, and I am happy that he is the kind of friend that will jump off the train trestle with you—even when you can’t see the water below. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now read more