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“There are constants. The constants are good shooting, good cuts, trying to get to the free throw line and if people don’t see a lot of high-flying dunks, that’s too bad,” Ryan said Monday. “I’m still about substance, not flash. I like my players to be that way and it’s out of respect for the game. I think the game of basketball is something that needs to be respected and one of the ways it can start is by the way teams play it.”

Ryan’s swing offense is designed to keep the ball moving from side to side and allows everyone who touches the ball multiple options to either pass or look for an open shot after each screen and cut.

“There are teams out there that for 40 years ran what was called motion offense. And people never went, ‘Oh my god, the motion offense, that’s terrible or that’s this or that’s that. What is motion offense?’” Ryan said. “We don’t get offended, we laugh when people think the swing is just an up screen and a back screen. But that’s OK. If people are guessing, that’s to our benefit.”

The Badgers’ patience pressures defenders to stay fundamentally sound deep in the shot clock and Taylor’s ability to improvise allows him to slash to the rim or look for Leuer or others for jumpers.

Since all the Badgers are capable of making open 3-pointers, defenders must decide whether to collapse on Taylor or take their chances that he’ll make a wrong decision. It rarely happens _ Taylor has the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the nation.

And the cries from rival programs that the swing hinders players’ development or keeps them from getting early looks from NBA scouts? Don’t buy it when it comes to Taylor.

“He certainly has never been retarded in his development in playing what we play,” Ryan said. “There’s always people that want to keep certain people down. And that’s OK. But we just keep playing.”

And winning.