Devastating mid-season funks strike countless teams throughout the college basketball world every year. Each fanbase hopes their team can avoid dangerous skids in the thick of the season. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the funk has hit hard in the form of injuries, inconsistencies, and most importantly, losing.
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A pattern seems to be emerging for the Badgers this season. In every game that a typical starter is injured, Wisconsin (12-6, 4-4 Big Ten) loses. Unfortunately, the pattern was further reinforced on Monday night in Evanston, as Coach Greg Gard’s team dropped another tight game, this time to Northwestern (13-5, 4-3) by a score of 66-63.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But if it is broken, then something has to change.
While there are no excuses to explain three straight losses, the gap that Tyler Wahl’s absence has left is undoubtedly growing by the game. On Saturday, Wisconsin’s leading scorer sat for the third straight game, and Wisconsin failed to produce a solid performance without him yet again, losing in Indiana 63-45.
In a return to the Kohl Center for the just the second time in 2023, the 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers (11-4, 3-2 Big Ten) once again struggled to produce a quality performance, as they could not contain the unranked Michigan State Spartans (12-4, 4-1) at home, 69-65.
Contrary to what was thought to ever be possible, the Wisconsin Badgers were able to deliver a convincing win, as they took down Lehigh by 22 points on Thursday night, 78-56. This was the biggest margin of victory the Badgers have recorded since Nov. 7 against South Dakota in the season opener.
If playing in close games was in style, Wisconsin would be leaders of the trend. In yet another overtime game, the Badgers pulled out a gritty win, as they took down the high-powered Iowa Hawkeyes on the road, 78-75. Now boasting a 2-0 Big Ten record, the Badgers are finally cracking the AP Top 25, picking up the No. 22 rank after Sunday’s win.
There truly is nothing like Big Ten basketball. So far in this young season, the Big Ten is shaping up to be one of the best conferences in the country, as it is year after year. Going into Tuesday night’s game against Maryland, the Badgers were considered near the bottom of the conference. But, after upsetting the No. 13 Terrapins 64-59 at the Kohl Center, it’s safe to say Wisconsin is ready to defend last season’s regular season title.
What better birthday gift to give your head coach than a rivalry win? This is exactly what Greg Garg received on behalf of his players, as the Badgers went to Milwaukee and inched out a victory over the Marquette Golden Eagles in overtime, 80-77.
In the first game back from Thanksgiving break, families and students packed the Kohl Center for the return of Wisconsin Badger basketball in Madison. Students watched on with team-branded sunglasses as Wisconsin fell just short to Wake Forest as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, 78-75.
As students, professors and families gathered in homes across the nation to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Badgers men’s basketball team and their families headed to Paradise Island in the Bahamas to participate in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
In a return home to the Kohl Center after the Badgers’ first Power Five win of the season, Wisconsin struggled to take advantage of their momentum going into the in-state matchup against Green Bay.
Wisconsin’s first Power Five matchup of the 2022-23 season tipped off Friday night, when the Badgers topped the Stanford Cardinal 60-50 — helping propel the Badgers to an undefeated 2-0 start to the season.
The campaign to defend the 2021-22 regular season Big Ten championship kicked off Monday night, as the Badgers comfortably took down the Coyotes of South Dakota, 85-59.
In the world of sports, one of the most fiercely debated topics does not include a single team or player. Rather, it’s about how these players achieve the magnificent athletic feats they so often do, like smashing towering home runs or flying down the lane for a windmill slam. These athletes use certain substances to give them the athletic edges needed to produce highlights, but there is a growing debate over how much of an advantage is too much.
In perhaps the most exciting Wisconsin football game of the year, the new Leonhard-lead Badgers will face the Purdue Boilermakers in a classic Big Ten West matchup. Homecoming games are always an important part of the season experience for students, faculty, fans and alumni.
Hierarchical models of power are inescapable, no matter where we look in our society today. This is no different in sports. Unfortunately, many sport hierarchies do not give much, if any, power to those other than the highest entities.
As we enter the thick of the Big Ten football season, the dust seems to be settling and the truth is shining on the early successes of excelling teams — and shining right through the frauds.
Any fan of professional football blocks out at least part of their week for viewing pleasures and woes, cheering on 22 men in pads and helmets. While only one team’s fans celebrate ultimate success in a season, it is essential that any fan has other places to turn when their hometown team is suffering.