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Wisconsin Badgers
2014–15 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team
Wisconsin Badgers athletic logo
University University of Wisconsin–Madison
Conference Big Ten
Location Madison, WI
Head coach Bo Ryan (14th year)
Arena Kohl Center
(Capacity: 17,230)
Nickname Badgers
Student section Grateful Red
Colors

Cardinal and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1912, 1914, 1916
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1912, 1914, 1916
NCAA Tournament champions
1941
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1941, 2000, 2014
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1941, 1947, 2000, 2005, 2014
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014
NCAA Tournament appearances
1941, 1947, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Conference tournament champions
2004, 2008
Conference regular season champions
1907, 1908, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1929, 1935, 1941, 1947, 2002, 2003, 2008

The Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Home games are played at the Kohl Center, located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

History[edit]

Early years (1898–1911)[edit]

Wisconsin Badger basketball began in December, 1898 with the formation of its first team coached by Dr. James C. Elsom. The Badgers played their first game on January 21, 1899, losing to the Milwaukee Normal Alumni 25–15 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin [1]. In 1905, Christian Steinmetz became the first Wisconsin Badger basketball player to be named All-American. In the 1906-07 season, Wisconsin won its first share of the Big Ten Championship, under the coaching of Emmett Angell. They won it again the next year in 1908.

Walter Meanwell era (1911–1934)[edit]

Walter Meanwell began coaching the Badgers in 1911. In his first season, he led Wisconsin to an undefeated season (15–0), and then led them to another 15–0 season in 1913–14. Meanwell's teams would win eight Big Ten Championships during his tenure, in 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1921, 1923, 1924, and 1929. Between the 1917–18 and 1919–20 seasons, Guy Lowman coached the Badgers, leading them to a 1918 Big Ten Conference Championship before Meanwell returned in 1920. Meanwell would also coach two All-Americans during his Wisconsin career, George Levis in 1916 and Harold "Bud" Foster in 1930. On December 18, 1930, the first game was played in the new Wisconsin Field House, a basketball arena with a capacity of 11,500.

Bud Foster era (1934–1959)[edit]

Starting with the 1934–35 season, former UW basketball player Bud Foster began coaching the Wisconsin Badgers. In his first season as head coach, he led the Badgers to their 12th Big Ten Conference Championship in 28 years. In 1941, Foster led the Badgers to their only NCAA Championship in history. With the help of tournament MOP John Kotz and All-American Gene Englund, the Badgers beat Washington State 39–34 in the final game of the NCAA Tournament. It was their first ever invitation to the NCAA Tournament, after winning the Big Ten Championship in that year. Foster coached three All-Americans during his tenure – Gene Englund in 1941, John Kotz in 1942 and Don Rehfeldt in 1950. The Badgers won one more Big Ten championship in 1947 and attended their second NCAA Tournament. It would be their last postseason appearance of any sort for 42 years, and their last NCAA appearance for 47 years.

1959-1995[edit]

The mediocre records of the last decade of Foster's tenure would remain largely the norm for the Badgers for the next four decades. From 1954 to 1995, the Badgers would only have eight winning seasons. They also only notched two winning records in Big Ten play, and only finished as high as fourth four times. Among the few bright spots during this time were NIT appearances under Steve Yoder in 1989 and 1991, and another in 1992 under Stu Jackson. In 1993, the Badgers returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1946, and notched their first win in that tournament since winning it all in 1941.

1995–present[edit]

The revival of Wisconsin basketball began in 1995, when Dick Bennett took over after leading Wisconsin-Green Bay to mid-major prominence. In 1997, he led the Badgers to their first winning Big Ten record in 23 years, and only their second in 43 years.

Final Four appearance (1999–2000)[edit]

In 2000, the Badgers entered the NCAA tournament seeded # 8 in the West bracket. Beyond most expectations, they defeated # 9 Fresno St, # 1 Arizona, # 4 LSU, and # 6 Purdue in order to advance to the Final Four. However, the Badgers then lost to #1 and eventual national champion Michigan State, 53–41.

2000–2001 season[edit]

After three games into the 2000–01 season, Bennett abruptly retired due to burnout, and assistant Brad Soderberg was named interim head coach. Soderberg led Wisconsin to an 18–11 record, but was upset in the first round of the NCAA tournament by Georgia State. Soderberg was let go at the end of the season, and Wisconsin hired University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee coach Bo Ryan as the new head coach. Ryan had previously won 4 Division III national championships at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

2001–02 season[edit]

In the 2001–02 season, under the new leadership of Bo Ryan, the Badgers won a share of the Big Ten regular season title for the first time since 1947, tying for first place in the Big Ten with Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio State.

2002–03 season[edit]

With three games remaining in the 2002–03 regular season, the Badgers were tied with Michigan and Illinois for first place in the Big Ten. After beating Michigan and Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois were set up for a final game showdown at the Kohl Center, with the winner becoming Big Ten champion. Wisconsin won the game in the final seconds on a Devin Harris free throw, securing its first outright regular season title in 56 years. However, Wisconsin lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to Ohio State. The Badgers then attended the NCAA tournament with a #5 seed. They beat Weber State in the first round, then rallied from 13 points down to beat Tulsa in the second round. The Badgers then lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

2003–04 season[edit]

In the 2003–04 season, Wisconsin finished second in the Big Ten behind Illinois. They went on to win the Big Ten Tournament for the first time since its inception in 1998. The Badgers defeated Minnesota in a quarterfinal, rallied to beat Michigan State in a semifinal, and defeated Illinois in the final. However, because the game was played too late to be taken under consideration by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, the Badgers received a #6 seed. They defeated Richmond in the first round before losing to #3 seed Pittsburgh in the second round.

2004–05 season[edit]

In the 2004–05 season, Wisconsin finished third in the Big Ten. In the Big Ten Tournament semifinal against Iowa, Alando Tucker made a long shot at the buzzer to give UW a 3-point win, but the Badgers lost to #1 ranked Illinois in the championship. In the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin advanced to the Elite Eight by defeating #11 seed Northern Iowa, #14 seed Bucknell, and #10 seed North Carolina State before losing to #1 and eventual national champion, North Carolina.

2005–06 season[edit]

In the 2005–06 season, the Badgers had a somewhat disappointing season that culminated in a loss to Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals, and another loss to Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The highlight of the season was a win over intrastate rival Marquette.

2006–07 season[edit]

At the beginning of the season, the Badgers played well with victories at in-state rival Marquette, and at home against #2 ranked Pittsburgh and #5 ranked Ohio State. Their lone non-conference loss was against Missouri State. They also lost on the road against Indiana on January 31. On February 19, 2007, the Badgers earned their first #1 ranking in school history[1] with a 26–2 record, but the next day, were defeated by the unranked Michigan State Spartans 64–55 at the Breslin Center. A week later, they also lost to the #2 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. Entering the Big Ten Tournament as the second seed, their first game was against Michigan State, for their third meeting in three weeks, whom they defeated 70–57. The Badgers defeated the Fighting Illini in the semi-finals, 53–41, to advance to the finals against Ohio State, where they were bested 66–49.

The Badgers were selected as a 2nd seed in the NCAA tournament, but were defeated by 7th-seeded UNLV in the second round.

2007–08 season[edit]

In the 2007–08 season, the Badgers finished first in the Big Ten, winning the Big Ten regular season outright and the conference tournament, defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini in the finals. In the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers were awarded a No. 3 seed and won their first game against California State University, Fullerton. They followed that up with a win in the second round over Michael Beasley and the Kansas State Wildcats, due in part to 25 points from sophomore Trevon Hughes. The Badgers then lost to the No. 10 seed Davidson Wildcats by a score of 73–56 in the Sweet Sixteen.

2008–09 season[edit]

In the 2008–09 season, the Badgers finished tied for 4th in the Big Ten with an overall record of 19–11 and 10–8 in the Big Ten. In the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers were awarded a No. 12 seed and upset No. 5 seed Florida State University in the first round, 61–59. In the second round the Badgers lost 60–49 to the No. 4 seed Xavier University. The Badgers finished the 2008–09 season with an overall record of 20–13.

2009–10 season[edit]

In the 2009-10 season, Wisconsin defeated three Top 5-ranked teams during the regular season. In December they upset 5th-ranked Duke in the Big Ten ACC Challenge. They also defeated 4th ranked Purdue and 5th-ranked Michigan State during the Big Ten Conference regular season. The Badgers finished tied for 4th in the Big Ten with an overall record of 23–7 and 13–5 in the Big Ten. In the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers were awarded a No. 4 seed. They beat No. 13 seed Wofford in the first round, 53–49. In the second round the Badgers lost 87–69 to the No. 12 seed Cornell University. The Badgers finished the 2009–10 season with an overall record of 24–9.

2010–11 season[edit]

During the 2010-2011 season, head coach Bo Ryan led the Badgers to the school's third ever undefeated season at home. The Badgers finished 25-9 overall (13-5 Big Ten). In February 2011, they beat then-undefeated Ohio State University at the Kohl Center, the school's second ever win over the AP No. 1 team. After falling to Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers were still able to secure a No. 4-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team traveled to Tucson, AZ, where they beat 13th-seed Belmont and fifth-seed Kansas State. The Badgers then traveled to New Orleans, where they fell to Butler in the Sweet Sixteen. Wisconsin led the nation in team assists to turnovers, with 1.7 assists per turnover. The Badgers also led the NCAA in free throws, shooting nearly 82%, the second highest mark in NCAA history. Jordan Taylor was named a second-team All-American after leading the nation with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio, and Jon Leuer was honorable mention. Leuer would go on to be selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

2011–12 season[edit]

After the 2011-12 season, head coach Bo Ryan led the Badgers to the school's third best win total finishing the season 26-10 overall (12-6 Big Ten). The Badgers started the season going 11-2 in non-conference games losing at then #5 North Carolina Tar Heels and at home to #16 Marquette Golden Eagles. The Badgers stumbled to a 1-3 start in the Big Ten but then went on a six-game winning streak. The Badgers then finished the Big Ten regular season going 5-3 highlighted by a win over the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus, OH. In the Big Ten Tournament, Wisconsin was the 4 seed and defeated the 5 seed Hoosiers before losing to the 1 seed Spartans. In the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers were awarded the 4th-seed in the East Region. The team traveled to Albuquerque, NM where they defeated 13th-seeded Montana and 5th-seeded Vanderbilt. This is the first time in school history that the Badgers had gone to back-to-back sweet sixteen's. In the regional semifinal in Boston, MA, Wisconsin faced the number one seeded Syracuse. The Badgers lost 64-63 despite hitting 14 three-pointers in the game.

2012–13 season[edit]

Final Four Appearance (2013–14 season)[edit]

The Badgers started off the season with a win against Saint John's in South Dakota before returning home to win a thrilling home battle against eventual Final Four companions the Florida Gators. The Badgers continued their success through the non-conference schedule, and into Big Ten play where they tallied 16 wins before their first loss of the season at the hands of Indiana. The Badgers hit a rough spot by losing four of their next five games. The Badgers finished the remainder of the Big Ten Schedule undefeated other than their regular season finale against a rising Nebraska team, and earned the #1 seed in the Big Ten tournament. They lost in the tournament Semi-Finals to the Michigan State Spartans. The Badgers were awarded a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament, and began by Beating #15 seed American. They followed that by beating a high powered Oregon team with a strong second half. They followed that game with a convincing win over Baylor that showed the strength of the Badgers. The following game was a back and fourth battle against the #1 seed Arizona Wildcats. The Badgers prevailed 64-63 in overtime. This led to the third Final four appearance for the Badgers in school history. In the Final Four match-up with Kentucky, the Badgers lost a game when Aaron Harrison hit a last second three pointer that sent the badgers home. The 2013-2014 is regarded as one of the most successful seasons in Wisconsin History.

2014–15 season[edit]

Historical record[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
James C. Elsom (1898–1904)
1898–99 James Elsom 0–3
1899–1900 James Elsom 1–1
1900–01 James Elsom 1–1
1901–02 James Elsom 7–3
1902–03 James Elsom 5–2
1903–04 James Elsom 11–4
James Elsom: 25–14
Emmett Angell (1904–1908)
1904–05 Emmett Angell 10–8
Emmett Angell (Big Ten) (1905–1908)
1905–06 Emmett Angell 12–2 6–2 2nd
1906–07 Emmett Angell 11–3 6–2 T-1st
1907–08 Emmett Angell 10–8 7–1 T-1st
Emmett Angell: 43–15 19–5
Haskell Noyes (Big Ten) (1908–1911)
1908–09 Haskell Noyes 8–4 5–4 3rd
1909–10 Haskell Noyes 9–5 7–5 3rd
1910–11 Haskell Noyes 9–6 6–6 5th
Haskell Noyes: 26–15 18–15
Walter Meanwell (Big Ten) (1911–1917)
1911–12 Walter Meanwell 15–0 12–0 1st Helms and Premo-Porretta National Champions
1912–13 Walter Meanwell 14–1 11–1 1st
1913–14 Walter Meanwell 15–0 12–0 1st Helms and Premo-Porretta National Champions
1914–15 Walter Meanwell 13–4 8–4 3rd
1915–16 Walter Meanwell 20–1 11–1 1st Helms and Premo-Porretta National Champions
1916–17 Walter Meanwell 15–3 9–3 4th
Walter Meanwell: 92–9 63–9
Guy Lowman (Big Ten) (1917–1920)
1917–18 Guy Lowman 14–3 9–3 1st
1918–19 Guy Lowman 5–11 3–9 10th
1919–20 Guy Lowman 15–5 7–5 5th
Guy Lowman: 34–19 19–17
Walter Meanwell (Big Ten) (1920–1934)
1920–21 Walter Meanwell 13–4 8–4 T-1st
1921–22 Walter Meanwell 14–5 8–4 T-2nd
1922–23 Walter Meanwell 12–3 11–1 T-1st
1923–24 Walter Meanwell 11–5 8–4 T-1st
1924–25 Walter Meanwell 6–11 3–9 9th
1925–26 Walter Meanwell 8–9 4–8 T-8th
1926–27 Walter Meanwell 10–7 7–5 T-4th
1927–28 Walter Meanwell 13–4 9–3 T-3rd
1928–29 Walter Meanwell 15–2 10–2 T-1st
1929–30 Walter Meanwell 15–2 8–2 2nd
1930–31 Walter Meanwell 8–9 4–8 T-7th
1931–32 Walter Meanwell 8–10 3–9 T-8th
1932–33 Walter Meanwell 7–13 4–8 8th
1933–34 Walter Meanwell 14–6 8–4 T-2nd
Walter Meanwell: 154–90 95–71
Bud Foster (Big Ten) (1934–1959)
1934–35 Bud Foster 15–5 9–3 T-1st
1935–36 Bud Foster 11–9 4–8 8th
1936–37 Bud Foster 8–12 3–9 T-8th
1937–38 Bud Foster 10–10 5–7 7th
1938–39 Bud Foster 10–10 4–8 7th
1939–40 Bud Foster 5–15 3–9 9th
1940–41 Bud Foster 20–3 11–1 1st National Champions
1941–42 Bud Foster 14–7 10–5 T-2nd
1942–43 Bud Foster 12–9 6–6 T-4th
1943–44 Bud Foster 12–9 9–3 T-2nd
1944–45 Bud Foster 10–11 4–8 T-6th
1945–46 Bud Foster 4–17 1–11 9th
1946–47 Bud Foster 16–6 9–3 1st Elite Eight
1947–48 Bud Foster 12–8 7–5 T-3rd
1948–49 Bud Foster 12–10 5–7 7th
1949–50 Bud Foster 17–5 9–3 2nd
1950–51 Bud Foster 10–12 7–7 T-4th
1951–52 Bud Foster 10–12 5–9 7th
1952–53 Bud Foster 13–9 10–8 5th
1953–54 Bud Foster 12–10 6–8 T-5th
1954–55 Bud Foster 10–12 5–9 T-6th
1955–56 Bud Foster 6–16 4–10 T-8th
1956–57 Bud Foster 5–17 3–11 9th
1957–58 Bud Foster 8–14 3–11 10th
1958–59 Bud Foster 3–19 1–13 10th
Bud Foster: 265–267 143–182
John Erickson (Big Ten) (1959–1968)
1959–60 John Erickson 8–16 4–10 9th
1960–61 John Erickson 7–17 4–10 2nd
1961–62 John Erickson 17–7 10–4 2nd
1962–63 John Erickson 14–10 7–7 6th
1963–64 John Erickson 8–16 2–12 10th
1964–65 John Erickson 9–13 4–10 8th
1965–66 John Erickson 11–13 6–8 7th
1966–67 John Erickson 13–11 8–8 4th
1967–68 John Erickson 13–11 7–7 5th
John Erickson: 100–114 52–74
John Powless (Big Ten) (1968–1976)
1968–69 John Powless 11–13 5–9 T-8th
1969–70 John Powless 10–14 5–9 T-6th
1970–71 John Powless 9–15 4–10 T-7th
1971–72 John Powless 13–11 6–8 T-5th
1972–73 John Powless 11–13 5–9 9th
1973–74 John Powless 16–8 8–6 T-4th
1974–75 John Powless 8–18 5–13 8th
1975–76 John Powless 10–16 4–14 9th
John Powless: 88–108 42–78
Bill Cofield (Big Ten) (1976–1982)
1976–77 Bill Cofield 11–16 7–11 T-7th
1977–78 Bill Cofield 8–19 4–14 T-9th
1978–79 Bill Cofield 12–15 6–12 T-8th
1979–80 Bill Cofield 15–14 7–11 8th
1980–81 Bill Cofield 11–16 5–13 9th
1981–82 Bill Cofield 6–21 3–15 10th
Bill Cofield: 63–101 32–76
Steve Yoder (Big Ten) (1982–1992)
1982–83 Steve Yoder 8–20 3–15 10th
1983–84 Steve Yoder 8–20 4–14 10th
1984–85 Steve Yoder 14–14 5–13 9th
1985–86 Steve Yoder 12–16 4–14 9th
1986–87 Steve Yoder 14–17 4–14 8th
1987–88 Steve Yoder 12–16 6–12 7th
1988–89 Steve Yoder 18–12 8–10 T-6th NIT Second Round
1989–90 Steve Yoder 14–17 4–14 T-8th
1990–91 Steve Yoder 15–15 8–10 7th NIT Second Round
1991–92 Steve Yoder 13–18 4–14 9th
Steve Yoder: 128–165 50–130
Stu Jackson (Big Ten) (1992–1994)
1992–93 Stu Jackson 14–14 7–11 T-8th NIT First Round
1993–94 Stu Jackson 18–11 8–10 7th NCAA Second Round (9 Seed)
Stu Jackson: 32–25 15–21
Stan Van Gundy (Big Ten) (1994–1995)
1994–95 Stan Van Gundy 13–14 7–11 9th
Stan Van Gundy: 13–14 7–11
Dick Bennett (Big Ten) (1995–2000)
1995–96 Dick Bennett 17–15 8–10 8th NIT Second Round
1996–97 Dick Bennett 18–10 11–7 T-4th NCAA First Round (7 Seed)
1997–98 Dick Bennett 12–19 3–13 T-9th
1998–99 Dick Bennett 22–10 9–7 T-3rd NCAA First Round (5 Seed)
1999–2000 Dick Bennett 22–14 8–8 6th NCAA Final Four (8 Seed)
Dick Bennett/Brad Soderberg (Big Ten) (2000–2001)
2000–01 Dick Bennett
Brad Soderberg
18–11 9–7 5th NCAA First Round (6 Seed)
Dick Bennett: 93–69 39–45
Brad Soderberg: 16–10 9–7
Bo Ryan (Big Ten) (2001–Present)
2001–02 Bo Ryan 19–13 11–5 T-1st NCAA Second Round (8 Seed)
2002–03 Bo Ryan 24–8 12–4 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (5 Seed)
2003–04 Bo Ryan 25–7 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Second Round (6 Seed)
2004–05 Bo Ryan 25–9 11–5 3rd NCAA Elite Eight (6 Seed)
2005–06 Bo Ryan 19–12 9–7 T-4th NCAA First Round (9 Seed)
2006–07 Bo Ryan 30–6 13–3 2nd NCAA Second Round (2 Seed)
2007–08 Bo Ryan 31–5 16–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen (3 Seed)
2008–09 Bo Ryan 20–13 10–8 T-4th NCAA Second Round (12 Seed)
2009–10 Bo Ryan 24–9 13–5 4th NCAA Second Round (4 Seed)
2010–11 Bo Ryan 25–9 13–5 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen (4 Seed)
2011–12 Bo Ryan 26–10 12–6 4th NCAA Sweet Sixteen (4 Seed)
2012–13 Bo Ryan 23–12 12–6 4th NCAA Second Round (5 Seed)
2013–14 Bo Ryan 30–8 12–6 2nd NCAA Final Four (2 Seed)
2014–15 Bo Ryan
Bo Ryan: 321–121 156–66
Total: 1,493–1,156

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Record Conference
record
Conference
titles
Conference tournament
titles
NCAA
Championships
Overall win
percentage
James C. Elsom 1898–1904 25–14 64%
Emmett Angell 1904–1908 43–15 19–5 2 74%
Haskell Noyes 1908–1911 26–15 18–15 63%
Walter Meanwell 1911–1917 92–9 63–9 4 91%
Guy Lowman 1917–1920 34–19 19–17 1 64%
Walter Meanwell 1920–1934 154–90 95–71 4 63%
Bud Foster 1934–1959 265–267 143–182 3 1 50%
John E. Erickson 1959–1968 100–114 52–74 47%
John Powless 1968–1976 88–108 42–78 45%
Bill Cofield 1976–1982 63–101 32–76 38%
Steve Yoder 1982–1992 128–165 50–130 44%
Stu Jackson 1992–1994 32–25 15–21 56%
Stan Van Gundy 1994–1995 13–14 7–11 48%
Dick Bennett 1995–2000 93–69 39–45 57%
Brad Soderberg 2000–2001 16–10 9–7 62%
Bo Ryan 2001–present 321–121 156–66 3 2 73%
Total 1898–present 1493–1156 759–807 17 2 1 58%

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Badgers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 20 times. Their combined record is 29–19. They were National Champions in 1941.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1941 Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Dartmouth
Pittsburgh
Washington State
W 51–50
W 36–30
W 39–34
1947 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
CCNY
Navy
L 56–70
W 50–49
1994 #9 First Round
Second Round
#8 Cincinnati
#1 Missouri
W 80–72
L 96–109
1997 #7 First Round #10 Texas L 58–71
1999 #5 First Round #12 SW Missouri State L 32–43
2000 #8 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#9 Fresno State
#1 Arizona
#4 LSU
#6 Purdue
#1 Michigan State
W 66–56
W 66–59
W 61–48
W 64–60
L 41–53
2001 #6 First Roun #11 Georgia State L 49–50
2002 #8 First Round
Second Round
#9 St. John's
#1 Maryland
W 80–70
L 57–87
2003 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Weber State
#13 Tulsa
#1 Kentucky
W 81–74
W 61–60
L 57–63
2004 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Richmond
#3 Pittsburgh
W 76–64
L 55–59
2005 #6 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#11 Northern Iowa
#14 Bucknell
#10 NC State
#1 North Carolina
W 57–52
W 71–62
W 65–56
L 82–88
2006 #9 First Round #8 Arizona L 75–94
2007 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Texas A&M Corpus–Christi
#7 UNLV
W 76–63
L 68–74
2008 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Cal State Fullerton
#11 Kansas State
#10 Davidson
W 71–56
W 72–55
L 56–73
2009 #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 Florida State
#4 Xavier
W 61–59 OT
L 49–60
2010 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 Wofford
#12 Cornell
W 53–49
L 69–87
2011 #5 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Belmont
#5 Kansas State
#8 Butler
W 72–58
W 70–65
L 54–61
2012 #4 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Montana
#5 Vanderbilt
#1 Syracuse
W 73–49
W 60–57
L 63–64
2013 #5 Second Round #12 Ole Miss L 46–57
2014 #2 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#15 American
#7 Oregon
#6 Baylor
#1 Arizona
#8 Kentucky
W 75–35
W 85–77
W 69–52
W 64–63 OT
L 73–74

NCAA Tournament seeding history

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '94 '97 '99 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14
Seeds → 9 7 5 8 6 8 5 6 6 9 2 3 12 4 4 4 5 2

NIT results[edit]

The Badgers have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) four times. Their combined record is 3–4.

Year Round Opponent Result
1989 First Round
Second Round
New Orleans
Saint Louis
W 63–61
L 68–73
1991 First Round
Second Round
Bowling Green
Stanford
W 87–79
L 72–80
1993 First Round Rice L 73–77
1996 First Round
Second Round
Manhattan
Illinois State
W 55–42
L 62–77

All-Americans[edit]

Helms Athletic Foundation selections[edit]

Consensus selections[edit]

Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

Current NBA players[edit]

All-time statistical leaders[edit]

Single-game leaders[edit]

Single season leaders[edit]

Career statistical leaders[edit]

1,000-Point scorers[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]