Wisconsin’s season, one filled with failures to realize their rarefied potential, reached its logical conclusion Friday night.
Sebastian van Bastelaer
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA — A litany of familiar flaws brought Wisconsin’s 2018-2019 season to a premature end Friday afternoon.
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.
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.