Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball

The Wisconsin Badgers is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers home games are played at the Kohl Center, located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin has 1618 wins through the end of the 2018–19 season which is top 50 all-time in wins in college basketball.

Wisconsin Badgers
2019–20 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team
UniversityUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
First season1898–99
All-time record1622–1219 (.571)
Head coachGreg Gard (5th season)
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationMadison, Wisconsin
ArenaKohl Center
(Capacity: 17,287)
Student sectionGrateful Red
ColorsCardinal and White[1]
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions
1912, 1914, 1916
Pre-tournament Helms Champions
1912, 1914, 1916
NCAA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1941, 2000, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1941, 1947, 2000, 2005, 2014, 2015
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1941, 1947, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Conference Tournament Champions
2004, 2008, 2015
Conference Regular Season Champions
1907, 1908, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1929, 1935, 1941, 1947, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2015


Early years (1898–1911)

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 . 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)

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)

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.


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 the 1962 win over number one ranked Ohio State and stars Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek, NIT appearances under Steve Yoder in 1989 and 1991, and another in 1992 under Stu Jackson. The revival of Wisconsin basketball began in the early 1990s, when Yoder and Jackson recruited and developed Michael Finley, Tracy Webster, Rashard Griffith and other talented players. In 1994, the Badgers returned to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1947, and notched their first win in that tournament since winning it all in 1941.


In 1995, Dick Bennett then 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. The Badgers began a run of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances in 1999, and reached the NCAA tournament Final Four in 2000. Coach Bo Ryan brought the program continued success, achieving greater regular season and NCAA tournament success in his 15 year tenure than the program had achieved over the prior 60 years.Since the late 1990s Wisconsin has turned into a basketball powerhouse making regular trips to the NCAA Tournament.

1999–2000 season (NCAA Final Four)

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

After three games into the 2000–01 season (in which he went 2–1), Bennett abruptly retired due to burnout. His final game was a 78–75 win over eventual Final Four participant Maryland. Assistant Brad Soderberg was named interim head coach. Soderberg led Wisconsin to a 16–10 record (18–11 overall), 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 four Division III national championships at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

2001–02 season

In the 2001–02 season, under the new leadership of Bo Ryan, the Badgers went 19–13 (11–5) and 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. The Badgers defeated St. John's 90–80 in Ryan's first NCAA tournament game before falling to eventual national champion Maryland.

2002–03 season

Wisconsin secured its first outright regular season conference title in 56 years. The Badgers lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to Ohio State. They then attended the NCAA tournament with a #5 seed, beating Weber State in the first round and Tulsa in the second round. The Badgers then lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

2003–04 season

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

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

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

The Badgers' lone non-conference loss was against Missouri State. On February 19, 2007, the Badgers earned their first #1 ranking in school history[2] with a 26–2 record, but the next day, were defeated by the unranked Michigan State Spartans 64–55 at the Breslin Center. Entering the Big Ten Tournament as the #2 seed, they defeated Michigan State 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 beaten 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

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 and Stephen Curry by a score of 73–56 in the Sweet Sixteen.

2008–09 season

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

Wisconsin defeated three top 5-ranked teams during the regular season: Duke, Purdue, and Michigan State. The Badgers finished the season tied for 4th in the Big Ten, with an record of 23–7 overall and 13–5 in the Big Ten. In the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers were awarded a #4 seed. They beat #13 seed Wofford in the first round, 53–49. In the second round the Badgers lost 87–69 to the #12 seed Cornell University. The Badgers finished the 2009–10 season with an overall record of 24–9.

2010–11 season

Head coach Bo Ryan led the Badgers to the school's third undefeated season at home. The Badgers finished 25–9 overall (13–5 Big Ten). In February 2011, they beat then-undefeated Ohio State University, the school's second win over the AP No. 1 team. After falling to Penn State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers secured a No. 4-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The team beat 13th-seed Belmont and fifth-seed Kansas State. They fell to Butler in the Sweet Sixteen. Jordan Taylor was named a second-team All-American, and Jon Leuer was honorable mention. Leuer was selected in the second round of the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.

2011–12 season

The Badgers finished the season 26–10 overall (12–6 Big Ten). 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 defeated 13th-seeded Montana and 5th-seeded Vanderbilt. In the regional semifinal, Wisconsin faced the #1 seeded Syracuse, losing 64–63.

2012–13 season

The 2012–13 Badgers lost junior starting point guard Josh Gasser, who tore his ACL in October. Wisconsin defeated Michigan and Indiana in the Big Ten tournament before losing to Ohio State in the championship. The Badgers earned a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament and faced #12 seed Ole Miss, where they were upset 57–46. The Badgers finished with a 23–12 record, including a 12–6 mark in Big Ten play.

2013–14 season (NCAA Final Four)

The Badgers tallied 16 wins before their first loss of the season at the hands of Indiana. They lost four of their next five games. The team finished the Big Ten schedule with one loss to Nebraska in the regular season finale, earning the #2 seed in the Big Ten tournament. They lost in the semi-finals to the Michigan State Spartans. The Badgers were awarded a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament. They beat #15 seed American, then Oregon, Baylor, and the #1 seed Arizona Wildcats. This led to the third Final Four appearance for the Badgers in school history. The Badgers lost the Final Four match-up with Kentucky, when Aaron Harrison hit a last second three pointer.

2014–15 season (NCAA runner-up)

In the 2014–2015 season the Badgers won the Big Ten title outright and the Big Ten Tournament title. They received their first #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, entering the tournament ranked #3 in the nation. The Badgers locked up their second consecutive Final Four appearance with an 85–78 victory over #2 seed Arizona, after having defeated #4 seed North Carolina 79–72. In the Final Four, they topped previously unbeaten overall #1 seed Kentucky 71–64, ending their undefeated season. They lost to Duke in the championship game, 68–63.

2015–16 season

In the 2015–16 season, the Badgers entered the NCAA tournament as a 7 seed. The Badgers beat 10 seed Pittsburgh in the first round 47–43 to advance to face 2 seed Xavier in the second round.[3] The Badgers locked up their second victory defeating Xavier 66–63 with a buzzer beater from Bronson Koenig.[4] They were then defeated in the sweet sixteen by 6 seed Notre Dame, 61–56.[5]

Midway through that season, Ryan opted to retire immediately after earlier saying that this season would be his last. Greg Gard, who had been on Ryan's staff since his days at UW-Platteville, was named his successor.

2016–17 season

In the 2016–17 season, the Badgers were second in the regular-season Big Ten standings and in the Big Ten Conference Tournament. They entered the NCAA tournament as an 8 seed. They defeated 9 seed Virginia Tech in the first round 84–74, moving on to face overall 1 seed Villanova at Madison Square Garden. They defeated Villanova 65–62 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the fourth straight year, only to lose 84–83 to 4 seed Florida on a last-second buzzer beater in overtime by Chris Chiozza.

2017–18 season

In the 2017–18 season, the Badgers finished the season with a 15–18 record, 7–11 in Big Ten Play and finished in 9th place. They defeated Maryland in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament,[6] followed by a loss to Michigan State in the quarterfinals.[7] The Badgers failed to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, ending their streak of 19 years.

2018–19 season

In the 2018–19 season, the Badgers finished the season with a 23–11 record, 14–6 in Big Ten play, and finished in 4th place.[8] Wisconsin entered the Big Ten Tournament as the 4 seed, after they earned a double bye, and beat Nebraska before they were defeated by Michigan State in the semifinals.[9] The Badgers earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament as a 5 seed and lost to Oregon in the first round.[10]

Historical record

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 12–26–22nd
1906–07 Emmett Angell 11–36–2T-1st
1907–08 Emmett Angell 10–87–1T-1st
Emmett Angell: 43–1519–5
Haskell Noyes (Big Ten) (1908–1911)
1908–09 Haskell Noyes 8–45–43rd
1909–10 Haskell Noyes 9–57–53rd
1910–11 Haskell Noyes 9–66–65th
Haskell Noyes: 26–1518–15
Walter Meanwell (Big Ten) (1911–1917)
1911–12 Walter Meanwell 15–012–01stHelms and Premo-Porretta National Champions[11]
1912–13 Walter Meanwell 14–111–11st
1913–14 Walter Meanwell 15–012–01stHelms and Premo-Porretta National Champions[12]
1914–15 Walter Meanwell 13–48–43rd
1915–16 Walter Meanwell 20–111–11stHelms and Premo-Porretta National Champions[12]
1916–17 Walter Meanwell 15–39–34th
Walter Meanwell: 92–963–9
Guy Lowman (Big Ten) (1917–1920)
1917–18 Guy Lowman 14–39–31st
1918–19 Guy Lowman 5–113–910th
1919–20 Guy Lowman 15–57–55th
Guy Lowman: 34–1919–17
Walter Meanwell (Big Ten) (1920–1934)
1920–21 Walter Meanwell 13–48–4T-1st
1921–22 Walter Meanwell 14–58–4T-2nd
1922–23 Walter Meanwell 12–311–1T-1st
1923–24 Walter Meanwell 11–58–4T-1st
1924–25 Walter Meanwell 6–113–99th
1925–26 Walter Meanwell 8–94–8T-8th
1926–27 Walter Meanwell 10–77–5T-4th
1927–28 Walter Meanwell 13–49–3T-3rd
1928–29 Walter Meanwell 15–210–2T-1st
1929–30 Walter Meanwell 15–28–22nd
1930–31 Walter Meanwell 8–94–8T-7th
1931–32 Walter Meanwell 8–103–9T-8th
1932–33 Walter Meanwell 7–134–88th
1933–34 Walter Meanwell 14–68–4T-2nd
Walter Meanwell: 154–9095–71
Bud Foster (Big Ten) (1934–1959)
1934–35 Bud Foster 15–59–3T-1st
1935–36 Bud Foster 11–94–88th
1936–37 Bud Foster 8–123–9T-8th
1937–38 Bud Foster 10–105–77th
1938–39 Bud Foster 10–104–87th
1939–40 Bud Foster 5–153–99th
1940–41 Bud Foster 20–311–11stNational Champions
1941–42 Bud Foster 14–710–5T-2nd
1942–43 Bud Foster 12–96–6T-4th
1943–44 Bud Foster 12–99–3T-2nd
1944–45 Bud Foster 10–114–8T-6th
1945–46 Bud Foster 4–171–119th
1946–47 Bud Foster 16–69–31stElite Eight
1947–48 Bud Foster 12–87–5T-3rd
1948–49 Bud Foster 12–105–77th
1949–50 Bud Foster 17–59–32nd
1950–51 Bud Foster 10–127–7T-4th
1951–52 Bud Foster 10–125–97th
1952–53 Bud Foster 13–910–85th
1953–54 Bud Foster 12–106–8T-5th
1954–55 Bud Foster 10–125–9T-6th
1955–56 Bud Foster 6–164–10T-8th
1956–57 Bud Foster 5–173–119th
1957–58 Bud Foster 8–143–1110th
1958–59 Bud Foster 3–191–1310th
Bud Foster: 265–267143–182
John Erickson (Big Ten) (1959–1968)
1959–60 John Erickson 8–164–109th
1960–61 John Erickson 7–174–102nd
1961–62 John Erickson 17–710–42nd
1962–63 John Erickson 14–107–76th
1963–64 John Erickson 8–162–1210th
1964–65 John Erickson 9–134–108th
1965–66 John Erickson 11–136–87th
1966–67 John Erickson 13–118–64th
1967–68 John Erickson 13–117–75th
John Erickson: 100–11452–74
John Powless (Big Ten) (1968–1976)
1968–69 John Powless 11–135–9T-8th
1969–70 John Powless 10–145–9T-6th
1970–71 John Powless 9–154–10T-7th
1971–72 John Powless 13–116–8T-5th
1972–73 John Powless 11–135–99th
1973–74 John Powless 16–88–6T-4th
1974–75 John Powless 8–185–138th
1975–76 John Powless 10–164–149th
John Powless: 88–10842–78
Bill Cofield (Big Ten) (1976–1982)
1976–77 Bill Cofield 11–167–11T-7th
1977–78 Bill Cofield 8–194–14T-9th
1978–79 Bill Cofield 12–156–12T-8th
1979–80 Bill Cofield 15–147–118th
1980–81 Bill Cofield 11–165–139th
1981–82 Bill Cofield 6–213–1510th
Bill Cofield: 63–10132–76
Steve Yoder (Big Ten) (1982–1992)
1982–83 Steve Yoder 8–203–1510th
1983–84 Steve Yoder 8–204–1410th
1984–85 Steve Yoder 14–145–139th
1985–86 Steve Yoder 12–164–149th
1986–87 Steve Yoder 14–174–148th
1987–88 Steve Yoder 12–166–127th
1988–89 Steve Yoder 18–128–10T-6thNIT Second Round
1989–90 Steve Yoder 14–174–14T-8th
1990–91 Steve Yoder 15–158–107thNIT Second Round
1991–92 Steve Yoder 13–184–149th
Steve Yoder: 128–16550–130
Stu Jackson (Big Ten) (1992–1994)
1992–93 Stu Jackson 14–147–11T-8thNIT First Round
1993–94 Stu Jackson 18–118–107thNCAA Second Round
Stu Jackson: 32–2515–21
Stan Van Gundy (Big Ten) (1994–1995)
1994–95 Stan Van Gundy 13–147–119th
Stan Van Gundy: 13–147–11
Dick Bennett (Big Ten) (1995–2000)
1995–96 Dick Bennett 17–158–108thNIT Second Round
1996–97 Dick Bennett 18–1011–7T-4thNCAA First Round
1997–98 Dick Bennett 12–193–13T-9th
1998–99 Dick Bennett 22–109–7T-3rdNCAA First Round
1999–2000 Dick Bennett 22–148–86thNCAA Final Four
Dick Bennett/Brad Soderberg (Big Ten) (2000–2001)
2000–01 Dick Bennett
Brad Soderberg
18–119–75thNCAA First Round
Dick Bennett: 93–6939–45
Brad Soderberg: 16–109–7
Bo Ryan (Big Ten) (2001–2015)
2001–02 Bo Ryan 19–1311–5T-1stNCAA Second Round
2002–03 Bo Ryan 24–812–41stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2003–04 Bo Ryan 25–712–4T-2ndNCAA Second Round
2004–05 Bo Ryan 25–911–53rdNCAA Elite Eight
2005–06 Bo Ryan 19–129–7T-4thNCAA First Round
2006–07 Bo Ryan 30–613–32ndNCAA Second Round
2007–08 Bo Ryan 31–516–21stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2008–09 Bo Ryan 20–1310–8T-4thNCAA Second Round
2009–10 Bo Ryan 24–913–54thNCAA Second Round
2010–11 Bo Ryan 25–913–53rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2011–12 Bo Ryan 26–1012–64thNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Bo Ryan 23–1212–6T-4thNCAA First Round
2013–14 Bo Ryan 30–812–6T-2ndNCAA Final Four
2014–15 Bo Ryan 36–416–21stNCAA Runner-up
Bo Ryan/Greg Gard (Big Ten) (2015–2016)
2015–16 Bo Ryan
Greg Gard
22–1312–6T–3rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
Bo Ryan: 364–130 (.737)172–68 (.717)
Greg Gard (Big Ten) (2016–present)
2016–17 Greg Gard 27–1012–6T–2ndNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2017–18 Greg Gard 15–187–119th
2018–19 Greg Gard 23–1114–64thNCAA First Round
Greg Gard: 80–47 (.630)45–29 (.608)
Total:1618–1218 (.571)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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

Coach Years Record Conference
Conference tournament
Overall win
James C. Elsom1898–190425–1464%
Emmett Angell1904–190843–1519–5274%
Haskell Noyes1908–191126–1518–1563%
Walter Meanwell1911–191792–963–9491%
Guy Lowman1917–192034–1919–17164%
Walter Meanwell1920–1934154–9095–71463%
Bud Foster1934–1959265–267143–1823150%
John E. Erickson1959–1968100–11452–7447%
John Powless1968–197688–10842–7845%
Bill Cofield1976–198263–10132–7638%
Steve Yoder1982–1992128–16550–13044%
Stu Jackson1992–199432–2515–2156%
Stan Van Gundy1994–199513–147–1148%
Dick Bennett1995–200093–6939–4557%
Brad Soderberg2000–200116–109–762%
Bo Ryan2001–2015364–130172–684374%
Greg Gard2015–present80–4745–2963%
Total 1898–present 1618–1218 820–836 18 3 1 57%


NCAA tournament results

The Badgers have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 24 times, including a streak of 19 consecutive appearances. Their combined record is 38–23. They were the national champion in 1941.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1941Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
Washington State
W 51–50
W 36–30
W 39–34
1947Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
L 56–70
W 50–49
1994#9First Round
Second Round
#8 Cincinnati
#1 Missouri
W 80–72
L 96–109
1997#7First Round#10 TexasL 58–71
1999#5First Round#12 SW Missouri StateL 32–43
2000#8First 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#6First Round#11 Georgia StateL 49–50
2002#8First Round
Second Round
#9 St. John's
#1 Maryland
W 80–70
L 57–87
2003#5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Weber State
#13 Tulsa
#1 Kentucky
W 81–74
W 61–60
L 57–63
2004#6First Round
Second Round
#11 Richmond
#3 Pittsburgh
W 76–64
L 55–59
2005#6First 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#9First Round#8 ArizonaL 75–94
2007#2First Round
Second Round
#15 Texas A&M Corpus–Christi
W 76–63
L 68–74
2008#3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Cal State Fullerton
#11 Kansas State
#10 Davidson
W 71–56
W 72–55
L 56–73
2009#12First Round
Second Round
#5 Florida State
#4 Xavier
W 61–59 OT
L 49–60
2010#4First Round
Second Round
#13 Wofford
#12 Cornell
W 53–49
L 69–87
2011#4Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Belmont
#5 Kansas State
#8 Butler
W 72–58
W 70–65
L 54–61
2012#4Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Montana
#5 Vanderbilt
#1 Syracuse
W 73–49
W 60–57
L 63–64
2013#5Second Round#12 Ole MissL 46–57
2014#2Second 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
2015#1Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Coastal Carolina
#8 Oregon
#4 North Carolina
#2 Arizona
#1 Kentucky
#1 Duke
W 86–72
W 72–65
W 79–72
W 85–78
W 71–64
L 63–68
2016#7First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#10 Pittsburgh
#2 Xavier
#6 Notre Dame
W 47–43
W 66–63
L 56–61
2017#8First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#9 Virginia Tech
#1 Villanova
#4 Florida
W 84–74
W 65–62
L 83–84 OT
2019#5First Round
#12 OregonL 54–72

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 '15 '16 '17 '19
Seeds → 97586856692312444521785

NIT results

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

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


Helms Athletic Foundation selections

Consensus selections

Basketball Hall of Fame

Current NBA players

Players drafted to the NBA

Name Position Draft year Drafted Team Round Overall pick
Glen SelboG1947Toronto Huskies12
Bobby CookG1948Fort Wayne Pistons2N/A
Ed MillsN/A1948Chicago Stags2N/A
Don RehfeldtSF1950Baltimore Bullets12
Ab NicholasG1950Milwaukee Hawks11N/A
Ron WeisnerN/A1954Milwaukee Hawks1297
Dick CableN/A1955St. Louis Hawks15N/A
Dick MillerN/A1956New York Knicks11N/A
Ken SiebelN/A1963Baltimore Bullets646
Ron JacksonN/A1963Baltimore Bullets969
Jack BrensN/A1964New York Knicks971
Ken BarnesN/A1966Baltimore Bullets16109
Joe FranklinN/A1968Milwaukee Bucks564
Jim JohnsonN/A1969Boston Celtics794
John SchellN/A1969Milwaukee Bucks8101
Al HenryC1970Philadelphia 76ers112
Clarence SherrodN/A1971Chicago Bulls8134
Gary WatsonN/A1972Philadelphia 76ers10147
Kim HughesC1974Buffalo Braves345
Kerry HughesF1974Cleveland Cavaliers8129
Dale KoehlerC1976Cleveland Cavaliers8123
Bob JohnsonN/A1976Detroit Pistons10161
Wes MatthewsPG1980Washington Bullets114
Joseph ChrnelichC1980New York Knicks482
Claude GregoryPF1981Washington Bullets241
Larry PettyC1981Los Angeles Lakers7157
Cory BlackwellSF1984Seattle SuperSonics248
Scott RothSF1985San Antonio Spurs482
Rick OlsonG1986Houston Rockets7158
J. J. WeberC1987Milwaukee Bucks364
Michael FinleySF1995Phoenix Suns121
Rashard GriffithC1995Milwaukee Bucks228
Paul GrantC1997Minnesota Timberwolves120
Devin HarrisPG2004Washington Wizards15
Alando TuckerSG2007Phoenix Suns129
Jon LeuerPF2011Milwaukee Bucks240
Frank KaminskyPF2015Charlotte Hornets19
Sam DekkerSF2015Houston Rockets118

All-time statistical leaders

Single-game leaders

Single-season leaders

  • Points Scored: Frank Kaminsky (732, 2014–15)
  • Scoring Average: Clarence Sherrod (23.8, 1970–71)
  • Field Goal Percentage: Patrick Tompkins (63.6% 164–258, 1990–91)
  • 3-Pointers Scored: Bronson Koenig (103, 2016–17)
  • 3-Point Percentage: Tracy Webster (49.0% 75–153, 1991–92)
  • Free Throw Percentage: Brian Good (.905% 57–63, 1989–90)
  • Rebounds: Jim Clinton (344, 1950–51)
  • Rebounding Average: Jim Clinton (15.6, 1950–51)
  • Assists: Tracy Webster (179, 1992–93)
  • Assist-To-Turnover Ratio: Mike Kelley (4.30, 1998–99)
  • Blocked Shots: Brad Sellers (68, 1982–83)
  • Triple-Doubles: Ethan Happ (2, 2018–19)

Career statistical leaders

  • Points Scored: Alando Tucker (2,217, 2002–07)
  • Scoring Average: Clarence Sherrod (19.6, 1969–71)
  • Field Goal Percentage: Patrick Tompkins (57.3% 306–534, 1988–91)
  • 3-Pointers Scored: Bronson Koenig (270, 2013–17)
  • 3-Point Percentage: Tim Locum (47.2% 227–481, 1988–91)
  • Free Throws Made: Nigel Hayes (546, 2013–17)
  • Free Throws Percentage: Rick Olson (87.0 260–299, 1983–86)
  • Rebounds: Ethan Happ (1,217, 2015–2019)
  • Assists: Tracy Webster (501, 1992–94)
  • Assist-To-Turnover Ratio: Jordan Taylor (3.01 464–154, 2009–12)
  • Steals: Mike Kelley (275, 1998–01)
  • Blocked Shots: Ethan Happ (154, 2015–2019)
  • Games Played: Nigel Hayes (150, 2013–17)
  • Triple-Doubles: Ethan Happ (2, 2015–19)

1,000-point scorers


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