When Josh Gasser, the Wisconsin Badgers' starting point guard, went down with a torn ACL before the season began, the immediate future looked dim.
Not only had the Badgers lost their best player from a year ago in Jordan Taylor, but Gasser was ready to assume the role of point guard and team leader, only to suffer a devastating injury that will delay his senior season one more season.
Throw in the gauntlet that is a Big Ten conference schedule, one of the most daunting in recent memory, and you had a recipe for disaster in Madison.
But Wisconsin has already defeated three top-15 teams during conference play and appears on track to reach its 15th consecutive NCAA tournament. Even so, every Badger has one flaw that needs to be kicked to the curb in order for Wisconsin to stay on course.