Wisconsin’s season, one filled with failures to realize their rarefied potential, reached its logical conclusion Friday night.
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SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — A litany of familiar flaws brought Wisconsin’s (14-6 Big Ten, 23-11 overall) season to a premature end Friday afternoon, as it fell to Oregon (10-8 ,24-12), 72-54 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The three South Region teams that will join Wisconsin in San Jose — Oregon, UC-Irvine and Kansas State — all took unique routes to the NCAA Tournament. They could also pose a variety of issues if UW hopes to get to the Sweet Sixteen in Louisville. Here is a brief recap of each team’s season and how they could match up with the Badgers.
CHICAGO — For the second straight year, Wisconsin’s run in the Big Ten Tournament came to an end at the hands of Michigan State.
For the past several years, Wisconsin’s basketball program has been defined by two words: Ethan Happ. In Wisconsin’s (14-6 Big Ten, 23-9 overall) tense victory over Nebraska (6-14, 18-16) Friday in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, the Badgers shed that definition.
In its final contest of the regular season, 21st-ranked Wisconsin basketball (14-6 Big Ten, 22-9 overall) beat Ohio State (8-12, 18-13) 73-67 in overtime Sunday at the Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio. With the win, the Badgers continued their momentum entering the postseason, having won 10 of their last 13 games down the stretch. Here are the takeaways from the game:
One of the finest players in Wisconsin history left the Kohl Center floor for the last time Thursday as cheers cascaded down from a thankful crowd. Blowing valedictory kisses to the crowd, he walked down the bench, giving a hug to each player as his team put the finishing touches on a satisfying victory.
No. 22 Wisconsin (11-5 Big Ten, 19-8 overall) bested Northwestern (3-13, 12-15) 69-64 in a tight game at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. The Badgers struggled against a Wildcats team that has now lost eight straight, demonstrating the parity that has characterized the Big Ten all season. Here are the main takeaways from the victory:
When Wisconsin fans and students filed into Camp Randall for the first time this season on Aug. 31, they were met with an unfamiliar sight: a rebranded student section, dubbed Area Red. Many were treated to new t-shirts and a shuttle system that ferried students from downtown to the stadium.
On Monday night, the Badgers showed in both halves that it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.
After a back-and-forth game that featured a remarkable 12 lead changes, Michigan State (11-3 Big Ten, 20-5 overall) pulled out a thrilling 67-59 victory over Wisconsin at the Kohl Center.
After paying back rival Minnesota for a home-court defeat on Thursday night, No. 19 Wisconsin (9-4 Big Ten, 17-7 overall) traveled to Ann Arbor to face a seventh-ranked Michigan team looking to exact similar vengeance for Wisconsin’s thrilling victory three weeks ago that sparked the Badgers' six-game win streak.
The No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers (9-3 Big Ten, 17-6 overall) triumphed 56-51 over their rival the Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6 Big Ten, 16-7 overall) Wednesday night to win their sixth straight game and take over third place in the conference. Here are the top takeaways from tonight’s action.
Just when it seemed a raucous Kohl Center could scream no more, sophomore guard Brad Davison grasped the the ball with both hands, riling up the crowd into yet another round of cheers. He paced around the floor, reveling in a victory that could hardly have been sweeter.
Propelled by a euphoric crowd and yet another heroic performance from senior center Ethan Happ, Wisconsin (6-3 Big Ten, 14-6 overall) defeated Northwestern 62-46 (3-6 Big Ten, 12-8 overall) to win their third consecutive game Saturday. Happ scored the third triple-double in school history, his second of the year. In a victory similar to the early season successes, the Badgers took advantage of Happ’s all-around dominance, a strong defensive performance and hot three-point shooting to halt the Wildcats’ two-game winning streak.
Wisconsin triumphed 72-60 over Illinois Wednesday night at the State Farm Center in Champaign to improve to 5-3 in Big Ten play (13-6 overall) — its 14th consecutive win against the Illini (1-7 Big Ten, 5-14 overall). Sophomore forward Nate Reuvers led the way with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. Illinois seven-footer Giorgi Bezhanishvilli paced the Illini with 20.
Badgers ride hustle plays, hard-nosed defense and Happ to an unforgettable moment at the Kohl Center
There are some moments in a team’s history that live forever in the memory of its fans and those of us fortunate enough to cover its games. Saturday at the Kohl Center, against one of the only two unbeatens remaining in the nation, Wisconsin’s basketball team delivered just such a moment.
A sense of déjà vu permeated Wisconsin’s (3-3 Big Ten, 11-6 overall) loss to Maryland Monday. Terrapin junior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 21 points and knocked down a dagger three-pointer in the final minute as Maryland (4-1, 15-3) held off a late Wisconsin comeback to win 64-60. Sophomore forward Nate Reuvers led the way for the Badgers with a career-high 18 points.
In a matchup of bona fide superstars, the Purdue Boilermakers (3-2 Big Ten, 10-6 overall) and junior guard Carsen Edwards bested senior forward Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers (3-2, 11-5). In need of a win to keep pace in the Big Ten race, the Badgers instead turned in a sloppy performance, falling 84-80 in overtime despite late heroics at the end of regulation. Here are the key takeaways from the disappointing result.
Four Takeaways: Happ heats up, Trice stays cold as Badgers stop skid with much needed road win over Penn State
After a humiliating home defeat to rival Minnesota three days earlier, No. 22 Wisconsin traveled to Happy Valley to take on a struggling Penn State team, and came away with a 71-52 victory that was just the tonic it needed. The Badgers improved to 3-1 in Big Ten play, (11-4 overall), as the Nittany Lions (0-4 Big Ten, 7-8 overall) posted another listless performance in a rebuilding year. Here are The Daily Cardinal's main takeaways from Sunday’s action.