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Wisconsin social media expresses displeasure with Greg Gard after Badgers latest loss

Wisconsin basketball’s February skid continued Saturday with a deflating 88-86 overtime loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Badgers (17-9, 9-6 Big Ten) are a full three games behind first-place Purdue even with the Boilermakers’ Sunday loss to unranked Ohio State.

A season that once seemed so promising — a No. 6 rank in the AP Poll, an 8-1 record in Big Ten play and a borderline 1-seed in bracketologies — is on the brink of unraveling. The Badgers are sure to be unranked in this week’s AP Poll. The Big Ten race is all-but-decided, and it feels as if an early NCAA Tournament exit looms.

There isn’t much of a positive side of the coin. But five conference games remain: vs. Maryland, at Indiana, vs. Illinois, vs. Rutgers and at Purdue. There is still a chance the team suddenly regains its January form and goes on a run into March. But, the overwhelming feeling among Badger fans is this slide will continue.

That sentiment has been shared on social media over the last 24 hours. More than anything, believe it or not, the recent losses have re-ignited the segment of the fan base that vocally opposes head coach Greg Gard.

We will litigate the head coach discussion when the season concludes, as I believe it is unfair to do so when five regular-season games, the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Tournament loom.

But numerous Wisconsin fans on X expressed their displeasure with head coach Greg Gard after the Badgers’ loss at Iowa:

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Some are bringing up the postseason numbers

Editorializing here, these numbers cannot be presented without proper context. There was no postseason in 2020, arguably Wisconsin’s best team in the last 5-6 years. Injuries to Johnny Davis and Chucky Hepburn derailed the program’s 2022 postseason.

It isn’t as if Wisconsin is falling apart in every NCAA Tournament. There is context to these numbers.

Belief that Wisconsin had the Big Ten locked up, then February happened

End-of-game strategy against Iowa was questionable

Now people are relitigating previous recruiting classes

Then there's this ...

On one hand, people are ripping Gard because he can’t recruit. Then there’s this, saying the team is actually super talented and is underperforming against bad teams.

I agree, this is a talented team that is coming up short in every area. But it should put to rest the Gard can’t recruit criticism.

Some are wisely letting it all play out

But the Bo Ryan comparisons are unavoidable

Here's the 'Gard can't recruit' part of the reaction

We can't exclude the Gauge

More reaction:

Mocking Jon Rothstein's usual post when Wisconsin wins

Two weeks of bad basketball has the overrated tag being used

I also disagree with this statement, but will present it nonetheless:

Now this becomes a Chris McIntosh discussion, which is a good point:

More reaction:

Story originally appeared on Badgers Wire