Badgers Basketball Highlight Moments
Believe it or not, the Wisconsin Badgers athletic program is actually one of the oldest in collegiate sports, dating back to the turn of the 20th century. The Badgers were one of the most successful basketball teams in the early part of the 20th century, winning the national championship three times- 1912, 1914, and 1916. Since collegiate sports went to a tournament field, the Badgers have only won the NCAA tournament one time, and that was in 1941. They have made the final four three times though- 1941, 2000, and last season, 2014. Expanding out from that, the Badgers have made the Elite Eight five times, those three plus 1947 and 2005. Expanding out even further they have made the Sweet Sixteen seven times- 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2014. They have also won the Big Ten Tournament twice- 2004, and 2008.
So far this season the Wisconsin Badgers are off to the terrific start. They currently stand at 20-2, and 8-1 in Big Ten Conference play, good for first place alone in the conference. Of those two losses, one came out of conference play; the other came in conference play. The first loss, which was out of conference play, came at home against Duke, 80-70. The other was their lone loss in conference, on the road against Rutgers on Jan. 11, 67-62. Still losses happen, but you can’t let them pile up. The Badgers have some easy games ahead, so they should be able to pile up the wins in the coming weeks here. They rotate home and away in the coming weeks. First they take on Northwestern at home on Feb. 7, and then they travel to Nebraska. After that they take on Nebraska at home on the 15th, and then they travel to Penn State on the 18th. The man anchoring the Badgers season is national player of the year candidate Frank Kaminsky, who is average 178 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.