Wisconsin returns most of its rotation from last season’s Final Four team with the exception of former starting guard Ben Brust.
The former shooting guard graduated from Wisconsin after last season and is playing professional ball overseas in Lithuania right now, but he made a bold proclamation during the week that his Badgers would be the team to stop Kentucky’s run at perfection.
A similar claim from West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles, Jr. was publicly ridiculed after Kentucky’s blowout Sweet 16 win over the Mountaineers last week but Brust embraced his new role as a supporter and even mentioned Miles in his prediction tweet from March 28.
A guarantee of victory doesn’t mean as much from Brust since he’s not playing, but it is interesting to see how much confidence Brust had in this group since he was just playing with them the last four seasons. The internal confidence of this Wisconsin group is really high right now and former players like Brust obviously feel exactly the same way about the team.
Brust hasn’t made any predictions for Monday night’s national championship game against Duke, but for now, he looks pretty smart for making this claim last week.