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.
Playing its third game in as many days, Nebraska may have been expected to tire out against the well-rested Badgers on Friday. Instead, with their fumes low and their bench shallow, the Cornhuskers ran on pure adrenaline.
Ethan Happ has seen quite a bit at Wisconsin.
Before the Bo Ryan era, the 16 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the establishment of Wisconsin as a basketball institution — Stu Jackson threw a whistle.
Coming off a blowout loss to Rutgers on Monday, the Wisconsin Badgers (4-12 Big Ten, 13-15 overall) seek revenge for a two point loss against Ohio State (9-7 Big Ten, 13-12 overall) and look to send their seniors out with a win.
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:
After Wisconsin’s defeat of Illinois on Monday, you may have credited Brad Davison’s 18 points or Khalil Iverson’s season-high 16 for the victory. You wouldn’t have been wrong, but you’d be overlooking Brevin Pritzl.
Revenge was swift and sweet for Wisconsin as the Badgers (4-11 Big Ten, 13-14 overall) won confidently against Illinois (2-14 Big Ten, 10-17 overall) in a 75-67 grudge match Wednesday night. The game knots the overall series record at 37-37 as both teams have exchanged wins with each other this season.
With six minutes and two seconds remaining in the second half on Tuesday, senior big man Ethan Happ scored his 2000th point as a Badger, joining rare company and bringing No. 20 Wisconsin within one point at 56-55. It wasn’t a harbinger of things to come.
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 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.
When Kobe King played at Central High School in La Crosse, Wis., his coach Todd Fergot would offer some late-game advice to his players. “Don’t pull a Chris Webber,” he’d say.
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.
All it took was a foul for No. 21 Maryland (8-4 Big Ten, 17-6 overall) to unravel.
Despite hanging around for a majority of the game, Wisconsin (2-8 Big Ten, 11-11 overall) was unable to pull out a win and fell on the road to No. 10 Maryland (8-2, 19-2) 75-57 Thursday night.
Wisconsin (7-3 Big Ten, 15-6 overall) needed a team effort at Nebraska (3-7, 13-8) on Tuesday, and it got one.
The Wisconsin Badgers (2-7 Big Ten, 11-10 overall) defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-5 Big Ten, 9-11 overall) in thrilling fashion Sunday with a 70-69 comeback victory capped off by a spectacular finish. The win snapped a six-game losing streak and marked the team’s first victory in 2019.
In 67 games at Wisconsin, sophomore guard D’Mitrik Trice has scored 586 points. He’s hit layups, floaters, step-backs and spot-ups galore — especially this season, where he’s averaging a career-high 14.2 points per game. But never against Nebraska.