Life isn’t fair, and neither is the NCAA tournament.
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Through the first two-thirds of the season, Wisconsin was one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country.
In 2017, Wisconsin travelled to St. Charles, MO, as the nation’s top-ranked team, with the country’s best offense, best defense and the best goaltender in NCAA history.
To quote Jon Rothstein, “This is March.” With the 2019 NCAA Men’s Divison I Tournament round of 64 set to begin Thursday, let’s take a lot at some of the best games to watch in the first round.
When filling out a bracket, everyone has that moment where they reach the Final Four, and realize they chose all the No. 1 seeds to advance. It feels like when five straight answers on an exam are B. “It can’t be this easy,” you tell yourself.
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 — The problem for Wisconsin isn’t talent, it’s consistency.
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.
Playing its third game in as many days, Nebraska may have been expected to tire out against the well-rested Badgers on Friday.
This year’s Big Ten Tournament should prove to be one of the more competitive in recent years as the conference boasts five teams in the AP top 25. While Michigan is the two-time defending champions, its path to the championship will be tough.
In Khalil Iverson’s final game at the Kohl Center, he gave the fans a familiar sight: a drive to the basket and a thunderous dunk for the first points of the game that energized the team and the crowd.
With just six weeks until the 2019 NFL draft scouts and coaches from 24 NFL teams descended on Madison to get a further look at Wisconsin’s top professional football prospects.
10 minutes, 50 seconds.
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:
MINNEAPOLIS — “Four for Four.”
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.
It wasn’t the prettiest send-off, but it’ll certainly do.
To win a single event at the NCAA national championships is a tough task for any athlete up against most of the world’s top college-age competition.
Before the Bo Ryan era, the 16 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the establishment of Wisconsin as a basketball institution — Stu Jackson threw a whistle.