By Drew Olson Special to Published Mar 29, 2008 at 5:31 AM

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Seeing red: The questions arose somewhere around the 18th time CBS showed LeBron James sitting behind the Davidson bench Friday night at Ford Field.

How much worse would this whuppin' be if King James was playing for the Wildcats? How many points would the Badgers be down if LeBron had replaced injured guard Trevon Hughes?

The mind wanders during blowouts. Davidson's 73-56 dismantling of the Badgers was unexpected and stunning. The Badgers, who finished the season with a 31-5 record, don't get taken to the woodshed like this very often.

The Big Ten regular-season and conference tourney champs showed no signs of swagger. They looked alternately scared, confused, frustrated and nothing like a No. 3 seed in the tourney.

Maybe that shouldn't be a shock. Bo Ryan's team didn't get a lot of experience playing from behind this season. And, they didn't see many players like Stephen Curry.

Davidson's sophomore sharpshooter, whose father, Del, played for the Bucks and several other NBA teams, single-handedly outscored Wisconsin in the second half, 22-20, and finished with 33 points to poke a hole in Michael Flowers' resume as a defensive stopper.

In Flowers' defense, the task of stopping Curry took on a different degree of difficulty after Hughes went down with a foot injury. Flowers had to chase Curry through a string of bruising screens and try to direct his team's offense, but that wasn't what sank Wisconsin.

Even though the score was tied at halftime, the Badgers looked slow and out of sorts. (What part of the swing offense calls for Brian Butch to jack up three-pointers, anyway?)

With a chance to move a heartbeat away from a Final Four berth, the Badgers lived up (or down) to the stereotype that detractors use to paint Big Ten teams. They looked slow, unathletic and overmatched against a team with vastly superior quickness. (Much the way Michigan State looked against Memphis).

There is no happy ending when your team loses a game before the Final Four. But, it's hard to imagine a more deflating finish to an enjoyable season than the one the Badgers crafted Friday night.

Yost is a Mac daddy: The season hasn't even started yet and critics are questioning Brewers manager Ned Yost's decision to hit third baseman Bill Hall ahead of Corey Hart and Jason Kendall behind the pitcher.

Saturday Scorecard considers these lineup decisions to be insignificant (studies show that lineup configuration has little impact on run production), so we asked Yost about a different decision he made during the off-season.

Yost, a computer geek who has built his own systems and spends free time talking to the staff at Milwaukee PC about the latest sound and video cards, made the switch to Apple computers. He's hooked on his MacBook and his iPhone.

"I love it," he said. "I wish I'd bought a bunch of Apple stock when they came out with the iPod."

Yost made the switch gradually, after using his family as a test market.

"My son, Josh, is kind of computer crazy," he said. "He's always downloading music and doing things and he kept getting viruses and finally his hard drive crashed, so I bought him a Mac. He loved it. So, I bought one for my daughter, Jenny. She loved it. I got one for Ned (Jr.), and he loved it. So, I said "I'm going to get one of these for myself.

"I love it. I'll never go back."

Yost switched to the iPhone and sometimes uses that as a substitute for a laptop. "I use it to get my e-mail, stock quotes, weather, maps. I use it for just about everything that I do on a computer," he said.

Thrown a curve: Left-handers Doug Davis and Chris Capuano, who developed a close friendship during their time together in the Brewers' starting rotation, are each having a trying spring.

Capuano was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. After visiting sports orthopedist James Andrews this week in Birmingham, he will embark on a rehab program in an attempt to stave off a second "Tommy John" surgery.

Davis, 32, is fighting an even tougher battle -- he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will undergo surgery in the next three weeks.

Ill-fitting tribute: The Bucks honored their 40th anniversary team on Friday in the middle of another ghastly performance that ended with a 103-86 loss (it wasn't as close as the score indicated).

Andrew Bogut, aka the "King of the Phantom High Five," missed the game after undergoing surgery on his broken nose, and the Bucks had no answer for Magic center Dwight Howard. Of course, the Bucks don't have many answers at all these days. The final 11 games can't end quickly enough for this group.

Quick hits: The Packers signed linebacker Brandon Chillar, which seems to be an indication that they weren't happy with Brady Poppinga ... When Major League Baseball decided to stay the suspensions of Jay Gibbons and Jose Guillen, it became apparent that there will be no suspensions for players like Eric Gagne and others named in the Mitchell Report.

Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.