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  • 12 March 2019
    导出博客文章OMAHA, Neb. -- Contrasting styles of play will be on display Tuesday when
    ninth-ranked Wisconsin visits No. 22 Creighton in one of the Gavitt Tipoff
    Games.While the Badgers favor a disciplined, halfcourt type of game, the
    Bluejays like to get out and run, forcing teams to try to keep up with them in
    transition.Wisconsins philosophy has worked well, even last season when Greg
    Gard stepped in as head coach at midseason and led the Badgers to their fifth
    trip to the Sweet 16 in the past six years.The Badgers return all five starters
    from that team, including preseason Big Ten player of the year Nigel Hayes.
    Wisconsin (1-0) blew out Central Arkansas 79-47 in its opener.The Tipoff Games
    are an annual series between Big Ten and Big East conference teams and are named
    in honor Dave Gavitt, the founder of the Big East. This is the second year of an
    eight-year run for the event that is played during the first full week of the
    regular season.That level of success Wisconsin has enjoyed this decade is a
    standard the Bluejays are trying to reach. Creighton has missed the NCAA
    tournament the past two seasons and has not made it past the second round since
    1974 when the Bluejays lost to Kansas in a regional semifinal.Junior guard
    Maurice Watson said this is the kind of game Creighton has been preparing for,
    to show this is the season the Bluejays can get past the round of 32.Basically
    Its just us testing our will and proving that were an elite team, Watson said.
    That we can hang with the teams that are in the top 10, top 15 in the country.
    Its about us going out there to prove to ourselves and our fans that we can hang
    at this level.Freshman center Justin Patton also is confident Creighton will be
    able to play a faster pace than Wisconsin prefers and get one of those coveted
    wins against a top 10 team.I just hope that as a team we can keep our composure
    and execute down the stretch, Patton said. If we just stay to our game plan, it
    will work out. Probably not early in the game, but late in the second half,
    things are going to start going our way. Were going to wear them down.Patton and
    Watson agree with Bluejays coach Greg McDermott that CenturyLink Center, the
    building that Creighton has turned into a formidable home court, will be the
    place to be in Omaha Tuesday night.McDermott can see the pros and cons of
    playing a game of this magnitude so early in the season.I think part of me would
    like a little more time to get ready for a test like this, McDermott said. On
    the other side of the coin, when you play good teams, and especially experienced
    teams, your weaknesses are exposed, so you have a chance to fix them early in
    the season.To play a team the quality of Wisconsin, with their experience and
    their veteran leadership, its great for our program and great for our fan base.
    This place will be rockin tomorrow.Watson is hopeful that the noise levels will
    rise because things are going Creightons way.They run their offense all the way
    through, Watson said. Everything moves at pace, theyre calculated. They kind of
    run through their bigs. They dont want to run like us.All we can do is play our
    game, and playing our game is going to make a lot of teams
    uncomfortable.Creighton (1-0) got past UMKC 89-82 in its opener.
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    than two years since South Africa have held a mid-series advantage against
    anyone but West Indies, so they might be forgiven for not quite knowing what to
    do with it. With the weather creating the possibility of a shortened Test match,
    should they let Australia chase the game, and the series, and come after them?
    Or with the unknown of a day-night Test awaiting in Adelaide, should they go all
    out and aim to seal the series here in Hobart?The captain, Faf du Plessis, has
    hinted at the latter and said even though South Africa thrives when they up
    against it, he hopes they can add a more attacking dimension to their strong
    defensive game.We rely quite heavily on being a very resilient team, du Plessis
    said. Were full of resilient players and personalities. If you look back on past
    performances heres been a lot of occasions when we are really under massive
    pressure and somehow a few of the guys who are really resilient fight really
    hard to get back in the game. Thats always been a strong trait of this team.Were
    also trying to add being a little bit more positive to that. Resilience
    generally comes from a position of defence, when youre in trouble. So we trying
    to make sure that we can be a little bit stronger by putting teams in that
    position first and not be them doing it to us.This South African team has little
    experience of asserting themselves on the opposition. Since Graeme Smiths
    retirement in March 2014, they only time theyve done that away from home was
    immediately afterwards, when they toured Sri Lanka later that year. South Africa
    won the Galle Test convincingly to lead the two-match series 1-0. The victory
    proved crucial when they were in early trouble in Colombo after conceding a
    first-innings deficit of 139 runs, but rain and a stubborn effort from Hashim
    Amla and the tail helped them hold out for a draw and take the series.Since
    then, South Africa have also beaten Zimbabwe in a one-off Test and West Indies
    at home, but lost to India and England. At home against New Zealand this year,
    the first of two Tests was a wash-out, and South Africa won the second. Now,
    after their win in Perth, they find themselves ahead mmid-series for the first
    time since 2014.dddddddddddd At the WACA, they put up one of their strongest
    fightbacks, but now du Plessis is seeking a slight switching of gears to keep
    the pressure on Australia.For that to happen, South Africa require players who
    can adapt and du Plessis thinks theyve already shown they have that because of
    how they respond when under the pump. Generally guys that can adapt better in
    themselves are the guys who are better in those situations, he said. You get
    players that play one certain way and thats the way they play.Resilience is
    being able to adapt to a position of what the team needs to do rather than what
    you as a player want to do. I can name a lot of our players who can do that. Its
    great asset to have.Now South Africa need to show they can go the other way as
    effectively, like they did in Perth. If you want to win Test matches youre going
    to get small opportunities in the match the whole time when its 50-50, du
    Plessis said. Either you as a team take that pressure and get through that
    moment and play well through that to get on top again, or you dont and then you
    fall behind the game.Luckily for us in the previous Test match we could do that
    a little bit more often than Australia did. They had that opportunity and they
    let it slip and we did really well to keep that momentum for the rest of the
    four days.The lesson South Africa gained from the way they took the game forward
    in Perth is that they are capable of dominating again, even without some of
    their superstars. Hobart is about showing it was not a once-off and that they
    have taken the leap from transitioning to transitioned and can progress as a
    unit.It just comes with confidence. Thats something you have to go through a few
    times to learn how to get out of it. We as a team have been through it a lot of
    times, du Plessis said. Our team is very well balanced with young and older guys
    at the moment. But the more we play together as a test team the better well get,
    because were still quite inexperienced as a Test team. ' ' '