The Wisconsin Badgers are an athletic team member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level primarily competing in the Big Ten Conference for all sports since the 1896-97 season. In its history Wisconsin has made it to the NCAA Final Four three times.
The Badgers have participated in the NCAA tournament for the last 14 seasons (1999–2012). Wisconsin tied for first place in the Big Ten in the 2001-02 season, along with Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio State. In 2002-03 the Badgers won the Big Ten outright, but then lost in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament to Ohio State.
The Badgers play their home games at the Kohl Center Arena athletic center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison which has a capacity of 17,230 spectators. Here is a quick link to the stadium location
On Tuesday afternoon before heading to Indianapolis for the Final Four Wisconsin Badgers held their last press conference in Madison. Wisconsin’s basketball team will play a national semifinal NCAA tournament game Saturday night against arguably the most talented collection of college basketball players in decades.
There are story lines about the Badgers avenging last year’s Final Four loss to Kentucky, about the stark contrast in styles with one-and-dones against four-year players, about whether UW can end an attempt at the first perfect season in 39 years.
If you’re expecting a group full of uptight players ready to crack under the weight of the moment, find another team. This Wisconsin bunch has thrived thanks to a breezy, light-hearted nature with little care for how it will be perceived. And that demeanor won’t change just because Wisconsin (35-3) will play Kentucky (38-0) on Saturday in a Final Four game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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Kentucky leads the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency. Wisconsin leads the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency. Both teams put those traits on display en route to the Final Four. The Wildcats have held NCAA tournament opponents to 32.8% field goal shooting and 20.3% from three-point range.
The Badgers have shot 49.8% from the field in the tourney and 41.6% from three. Both teams have already vanquished an opponent that threatened to cancel out their supposed advantage. Wisconsin blitzed Arizona, which was third in the nation in defensive efficiency, by shooting 80% in the second half of the West Regional final. source: si.com And Kentucky stymied Notre Dame, which was second in the nation in offensive efficiency, holding the Irish to 28.6% three-point shooting to escape in the Midwest Regional final. Whichever team is able to dictate its style of play on Saturday will advance to Monday night’s final.
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