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for 2020 home and away games are available now. The Badgers are gearing up for another great season of NCAA basketball action. Bo Ryan retired in December of 2015, and it took a few weeks for the team to work with Greg Guard, the new head coach. The Badgers have been invited to the “Big Dance” for fifteen consecutive seasons. In that time, they have made it to the “Sweet Sixteen” six times. Follow the team as they win at home in the Kohl Center, or on the road. 2015 is sure to be a great year for Badgers Basketball.
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.
The Wisconsin Badgers have been one of college basketball’s most stable programs for over two decades now. Over the last two decades, the Badgers made the NCAA Tournament nineteen times, with a pair of Final Four appearances in 2014 and 2015. A year ago, that run of 19 came to an end, as the Badgers finished the year 15-18, and just 7-11 in Big Ten Conference play. So what do they have to do to get back the tournament this year?
The answer to that might be more complicated than one would think. Usually, the answer is to recruit better. However, the Badgers recent recruiting classes have been some of their best ever. For example, in 2017 they picked up a pair of four-stars from Minnesota, 6’3” guard Brad Davison from Maple Grove, and 6’10” forward Nathan Reuvers from Lakeville. So if that’s not the problem, what is? The problem might be the head coach. Bo Ryan retired in December of 2015 and chose assistant Greg Gard to take over. The first year, with Ryan’s players, Gard looked good. However, as these have become his players, the results have tapered off, culminated by their first non-tournament postseason a year ago in 20 years. We have seen this before in college sports, and the Badgers might need to make a decision soon if this season is a repeat of last season.