The legend that is Bo Ryan will be honored ahead of tonight’s game against UW-Green Bay, where ironically enough, his son Will Ryan is the head coach.
At this point, it’s unknown how they plan on honoring the man the helped the program reach unimaginable heights, but one thing is for certain – it’s going to be really good to see Bo Ryan.
There is no way that I’m capable of doing Bo Ryan’s storied career justice, by using words. So, I’m going to use the only thing that I think can properly illustrate just how impressive this Hall-of-Fame coach really was – by using numbers.
747-233: Bo Ryan’s career coaching record at the collegiate level.
364: The number of wins Bo Ryan compiled at Wisconsin, the most in school history.
127.9: The adjusted offensive efficiency of Bo Ryan’s 2014-2015 team. Per KenPom, it’s still the most efficient offense in college basketball history.
55: The number of years between Big Ten championships for Wisconsin. Bo Ryan earned a share of the Big Ten title in 2002. Prior to that, Wisconsin hadn’t won since 1947.
25.5: Wisconsin’s average win total per season under Bo Ryan from 2001 until retirement.
25: The number of NCAA tournament wins under Bo Ryan. Before he arrived UW had won just 9.
22: The number of times Wisconsin lost at the Kohl Center under Bo Ryan. That’s a 91% win percentage on their home floor.
14: The number of consecutive years Bo Ryan helped lead Wisconsin to the NCAA tournament. Talk about consistency.
9: The number of times a Bo Ryan led team finished in the top six nationally in turnover percentage.
7: The number of Sweet 16s Bo Ryan led teams made it to the second weekend. That’s half the time.
4: The amount of Big Ten regular season titles won under Bo Ryan (2002, 2003, 2008, 2015)
4: The amount of times Bo Ryan won Big Ten Coach of the Year (2002, 2003, 2013, 2015)
4: The number of national titles Ryan won while coaching Division III Wisconsin-Platteville.
4th place or better: Arguably the most iconic Bo Ryan stat. In 14 seasons as head coach, he never finished worse than 4th in Big Ten play.
3: The amount of times Wisconsin won the Big Ten tournament under Bo Ryan (2004, 2008, 2015)
2: The amount of trips Wisconsin Made to the Final 4 (2014, 2015)
1: Championship appearance (Justice touched it).
1: The number of losing season’s Bo Ryan had as a collegiate head coach (1984 UW-Platteville).
(.717): Bo Ryan’s win percentage in Big Ten play, which is the best in league history for any coach who held the job at least 6 years.
2017: The year Bo Ryan was named to the college basketball Hall of Fame.
In short, Bo Ryan is the best to ever do it at Wisconsin, and will forever be remembered as the legend he is. There are no words to thank the man, so just build the damn statue. Bo Ryan IS Wisconsin basketball.
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