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during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

2016-17 Badgers basketball schedule won’t be an easy one to navigate

The Big Ten finally released their 2016-17 conference basketball schedule, and with that the Wisconsin Badgers also released their season schedule. One thing was clear with both releases — this schedule is certainly going to challenge the notion of UW as a national contender. That’s because two strings of games in Big Ten play are […]

MADISON, WI - JANUARY 09: Robert Carter #4 of the Maryland Terrapins shoots a two pointer during the second half against Wisconsin Badgers at Kohl Center on January 09, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Robert Carter

Evaluating Wisconsin Basketball Sophomore Class

Last season, Wisconsin Basketball had to rely on their freshmen more than in any season of the Bo Ryan era, due to the departure of five key players. There were some growing pains over the first half of the season, but most of the freshmen were able to find their roles and contribute to the […]

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Badgers get Vols in Maui Invitational opening round

Who doesn’t want to spend late November on the island of Maui? That’s exactly what the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball program is going to do and after months of waiting they also now know who they’ll be facing to open up the tournament. On Tuesday, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational bracket was released and the […]

ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 26:  Buddy Hield #24 of the Oklahoma Sooners holds up the West Regional trophy after the Sooners 80-68 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional Final at Honda Center on March 26, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

UW basketball will host Oklahoma in nonconference matchup

The University of Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team has a trip to Maui, a date with Syracuse at the Kohl Center and the annual Marquette matchup already on the nonconference docket. Thanks to an announcement by the University of Oklahoma, we also know that the Sooners will visit the Kohl Center on Dec. 3. It […]

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 20: Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers reacts to a turnover call in the second half against the Xavier Musketeers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Can Nigel Hayes’ NBA Draft flirtation help the 2016-17 Badgers?

Nigel Hayes made the decision most believed was smart for him, returning to the University of Wisconsin for his senior season. However, that decision came down to the final days and it showed that Hayes’ desire to get paid for playing basketball is a huge motivation for him. Going through the NBA Combine and draft […]

IOWA CITY, IA - FEBRUARY 24:   Forward Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers walks off the court after they defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes on February 24, 2016 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

REPORT: Nigel Hayes returning to Badgers for senior season

After the 2015-16 season, junior Nigel Hayes decided to test the NBA waters but refused to hire an agent. However, following this past weekends NBA Draft combine the senior-to-be appears set to decide it best to return to the Wisconsin Badgers for one last season. The Zone in Madison was first to report the news, […]

during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

Greg Gard named national coach of the year by CollegeInsiders.com

Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach Greg Gard has been selected as the 2016 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year, as announced on Monday by CollegeInsider.com. The Phelan award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I men’s basketball coach, is named in honor of the legendary coach who spent his entire career […]

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 25:  Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers walks off the court after being defeated by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a score of 56 to 61 during the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament East Regional at Wells Fargo Center on March 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Badgers turn over Sweet 16 game to Notre Dame

What if? Following a dreadful 19.3 final seconds and an awful offensive performance, the Wisconsin Badgers are going to be asking themselves plenty of that question this offseason. Demetrius Jackson scored six of Notre Dame’s eight points in a 8-0 run over the final 19.3 seconds to secure a 61-56 victory over the Badgers. He […]

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 20:  Bronson Koenig #24 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with teammates after making the game winning buzzer beater basket against the Xavier Musketeers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Badgers Basketball Preview: Notre Dame in Sweet 16 edition

The Basics: 🏀 Wisconsin Badgers (22-12, 12-6 B1G) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (23-11, 11-7 ACC) 📺 TBS, 6:27 P.M. CT 📻 1310 AM in Madison All-Time Series: Notre Dame leads 18-10 Last Meeting: ND won, 58-51 (11/28/10) at Old Spice Classic   Projected Starting Lineups: Notre Dame Fighting Irish G Demetrius Jackson — Jr., 6-1, 198 (15.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, […]

during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

Wisconsin, Notre Dame share plenty of similarities ahead of Sweet 16 matchup

As Bronson Koenig knocked down a cold-blooded three pointer from the corner to give Wisconsin a 66-63 victory over Xavier on Sunday, Badger nation went insane. From Frank Kaminsky doing a slide to numerous tweets from former players, it was clearly a time of celebration. However, that celebration has been short-lived for the team that […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 26:  Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives on J.P. Tokoto #13 of the North Carolina Tar Heels in the second half during the West Regional Semifinal of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on March 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Top 5 buzzer beaters in Wisconsin Badgers basketball history

As Bronson Koenig fell backwards and his buzzer beating shot swished through the hoop, pandemonium set in on the Wisconsin Badgers bench and across Badgers nation. No doubt, it is a moment that will live in infamy in the NCAA tournament. But, over the years the Badgers have become accustomed to mobbing teammates after nailing […]

during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

Badgers advance over Xavier on Bronson Koenig buzzer beater

After a struggle all game long, the Badgers long battle for a victory ended with star guard Bronson Koenig hitting a legend-making three-pointer to send Wisconsin (22-12, 12-6 B1G) to a 66-63 victory over Xavier in the NCAA tournament second round. Koenig, who had been struggling from the field the past few weeks found his […]

during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.

Badgers Basketball Preview: Xavier in 2nd round of NCAA tourney edition

The Basics: 🏀 Wisconsin Badgers vs. Xavier Musketeers 📺 TNT, 7:40p.m. CT 📻 1310 AM in Madison All-Time Series: Series tied 2-2 Last Meeting: XU won, 60-49 (3/22/09) in NCAA Tournament Second Round, Boise, Idaho Starting Lineups: Xavier Musketeers G Myles Davis — Jr., 6-2, 188 (10.9 ppg,3.7 rpg, 4.2 apg) G Remy Abell — Sr., 6-4, 197 (6.2 ppg, […]

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 18:  Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers (C) and Jordan Hill #11 (R) celebrate defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers 47-43 during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 18, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Badgers get ugly win over Pitt in NCAA tourney opener

In what is likely to go down as one of the ugliest games in NCAA tournament history, the Wisconsin Badgers found a way to grind out a 47-43 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in a 1st round matchup. After scoring all of 16 points in the first half, the Badgers went back to the drawing […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Head coach Greg Gard of the Wisconsin Badgers looks on against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nebraska defeated Wisconsin 70-58. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Badgers Basketball Preview: NCAA First Round vs. Pitt edition

The Basics: 🏀 (7) Wisconsin Badgers (20-12, 12-6 B1G) vs. (10) Pittsburgh Panthers (21-11, 9-9 ACC) 📺 TNT; 5:50pm CT 💻 March Madness Live 📻 Badgers Radio Network or Westwood One All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads 11-7 Last Meeting: Wisconsin won, 89-75 (12/16/06)   Starting Lineups: Pittsburgh Panthers G James Robinson — Sr. 6-3, 198 (10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.1 apg) G/F Chris Jones —Jr. 6-6, […]

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Enter to Win our MadTownBadgers tournament challege

It’s NCAA tournament time, and it means two things to us here at MadTownBadgers — the Wisconsin Badgers in the tournament and time for us to get our bracket challenge on! This year it is on the ESPN bracket challenge. Bragging rights and gear from the new and improving MadTownBadgers store are on the line!! […]

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 25: Khalil Iverson #21 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives to the hoop for two points during the first half against the Prairie View Panthers at Kohl Center on November 25, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption *** Khalil Iverson

Badgers get No. 7 seed, face Pitt in NCAA tournament opener

In what was perhaps the most improbable run to the NCAA tournament in school history, a once-dead Wisconsin Badgers program is officially going dancing for the 18th straight season. On Sunday, the NCAA tournament selection committee announced the Badgers as the No. 7 seed in the East regional. UW will face a matchup with No. […]

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY  18:  Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers handles the ball under pressure from Gavin Schilling #34 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half at the Breslin Center on February 18, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Recent struggles show cracks in Badgers NCAA tourney hopes

As hot as the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team was to end the Big Ten regular season, things are cooled off considerably at the worst possible time. Finishing the regular season with 11 wins in 13 games was certainly something to write home about. However, one of those two losses came in the regular season […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10: Glynn Watson Jr. #5 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers knocks the ball away from Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the second round of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 10, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Huskers D stops Badgers in Big Ten tourney

The defending Big Ten tournament champs won’t be cutting down the nets for a second-straight year, as the 11th-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers used a suffocating defense and just enough offense to send the 6th-seeded Wisconsin Badgers packing, 70-58. Nebraska got 20 points from 2nd team All-Big Ten wing Shavon Shields and held Wisconsin to just 30 […]

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY  18:  Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers handles the ball under pressure from Gavin Schilling #34 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half at the Breslin Center on February 18, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Badgers Basketball Preview: Nebraska in Big Ten tourney edition

The Matchup: No. 6 Wisconsin (20-11, 12-6 B1G) vs. No. 12 Nebraska (15-17, 6-12 B1G) When: Thurs. March 10; approx. 8p.m. CT (25 min following last game) Where: Indianapolis, Ind.; Bankers Life Fieldhouse (18,345) TV: ESPN2 Radio: Badgers Sports Network Last Meeting: UW won, 72-61 (2/10/16) All-Time Series: Wisconsin leads, 12-11   Starting Lineups: Nebraska Cornhuskers G Benny Parker — Sr. 5-9, 175 […]

IOWA CITY, IA - FEBRUARY 24:   Forward Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers walks off the court after they defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes on February 24, 2016 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Nigel Hayes leads Badgers in Big Ten postseason honors

The Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team’s incredible run to a 3rd place finish in the Big Ten conference had to be rewarded. On Monday, the conference coaches and media released their postseason awards and that was exactly what happened. Leading the way was junior forward Nigel Hayes, who was selected 1st team All-Big Ten by […]

at Xfinity Center on February 13, 2016 in College Park, Maryland.

REPORT: Badgers to introduce Greg Gard as permanent head coach Tuesday

The foregone conclusion will come to its conclusion on Tuesday, as Jim Polzin of the Wisconsin State Journal is reporting the Wisconsin Badgers will introduce Greg Gard as the new permanent head coach for the men’s basketball program. According to the report, the UW Board of Regents will hold an emergency meeting at 5p.m. on […]

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY  18:  Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers drives past Denzel Valentine #45 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half at the Breslin Center on February 18, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Purdue shoots Badgers out of building in regular season finale

Mackey Arena has long been a house of horrors for the Wisconsin Badgers, and the 2015-16 regular season finale was no different as UW ran in to a hot-shooting Purdue Boilermakers team and took a 91-80 loss. UW shot a respectable 43 percent from the field, but Purdue was red-hot and hit on 62,2 percent […]

EAST LANSING, MI - FEBRUARY  18:  Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers handles the ball under pressure from Gavin Schilling #34 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half at the Breslin Center on February 18, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

Badgers Basketball Preview: Purdue 2.0 edition

The Matchup: Wisconsin (20-10, 11-5 B1G) vs. Purdue (23-7, 11-6) When: Sun. March 6; 6:30p.m. CT Where: West Lafayette, Ind.; Mackey Arena (14,124) TV: BTN Radio: Badgers Sports Network Last Meeting: Purdue won 61-55 (12/29/15) All-Time Series: Purdue leads 105-70   Starting Lineups: Purdue Boilermakers G P.J. Thompson — So. 5-10, 188 (5.3 ppg; 2.2 rpg; 2.7 apg) G Rapheal Davis — Sr. […]

MADISON, WI - JANUARY 09: Head Coach Greg Gard of the Wisconsin Badgers watches from the sidelines during the first half against the Maryland Terrapins at Kohl Center on January 09, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

How does Greg Gard keep his likely permanent job for the long haul?

A report from Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel indicates what we all thought was a foregone conclusion is exactly that — Greg Gard will be the next permanent head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team. The way his team responded to his coaching and the results thereafter made his permanent hire pretty […]

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