The University of Wisconsin Badgers basketball team has one of the proudest traditions in the country. The Badgers first started playing basketball in the 19th century, with their first game being played in 1899. The team won its first Big 10 conference championship in 1907, and has added over 16 more in the century since. Wisconsin has amassed over 1,490 wins, making them one of the winningest college basketball programs in the country. The team has played in the NCAA Tournament over 19 times, including a stretch from 1999-2014 where the program made consecutive trips to the tournament. The school made 7 trips to the Sweet Sixteen between 2000 and 2014, one of the most impressive runs in the history of college basketball. The Badgers have played in the Elite 8 over 4 times, and made trips to the Final Four in 1941, 2000, and 2014. In 1941, UW defeated Washington State 39-34 to claim the NCAA National Championship. The Badgers were also Big 10 Conference tournament champions in 2004 and 2008. Leading the Badgers to all of this success have been names like Alando Tucker, Ben Brust, Tim Locum, Michael Finley, Devin Harris, Jordan Taylor, Harold E. Foster, Christian Steinmetz, and Frank Kaminsky. For the last two decades, the Wisconsin Badgers have accumulated one of the most successful periods for any single program in the history of college basketball. The team is a perennial contender for the Big 10 championship, and seldom misses the NCAA Tournament. Penciling the Badgers in for the Sweet Sixteen has been about the safest pick in anyone’s bracket since 2000 and the buzz around Badgers basketball never seems to quit. Wisconsin basketball fans are some of the most die hard in the country and game days in Madison are among the best in all of college basketball. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Wisconsin Badgers basketball tickets.
Wisconsin Badgers Basketball at Kohl Center Address: 601 West Dayton Street Madison, Wisconsin 53715
The University of Wisconsin Badgers basketball team plays their home games at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin. The Kohl Center has been home to Badger basketball since 1998, and can seat over 17,000 fans. The arena is one of the largest indoor venues in the State of Wisconsin, and is also one of the largest college basketball arenas in the country. The Kohl Center is also home to Wisconsin’s Men’s ice hockey team, as well as several of the State’s high school basketball tournaments. The arena is named after former United States Senator Herb Kohl, who was influential in the creation of the venue. The Kohl Center replaced the historic Wisconsin Field House, which had been the home of Badger basketball since the 1930’s. Sometimes referred to as the “Madhouse in Madison,” The Kohl Center is one of the most difficult places in the country for opposing teams to play. From 2001 through 2007 the Badgers only lost 6 times at the Kohl Center, winning over 90% of the games played at home. Opposing teams walk into a sea of cardinal and are seldom given enough quiet to think. The Kohl Center is one of the most exciting places to watch a college basketball game and houses one of the best home court advantages of anywhere in the nation.
Wisconsin vs. Marquette
Dating back to 1917, this rivalry is between two of the most dominant basketball programs in the Midwest. Both the Badgers and the Golden Eagles have played in multiple Final Four’s, and both have been crowned National Champions. The two schools that are separated by only about 75 miles, have played more than 120 times, with the Badgers holding a slight lead in wins. There are few in-state rivalries in the country between two programs capable of going to the Final Four, this is one of the best.
Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
One of the most tightly contested rivalries in the country, Badgers-Golden Gophers is a slug-fest of basketball titans. The two schools have played more than 190 times, with the overall series remaining incredibly close. These border rivals have been fighting for supremacy in the Big 10, and the Midwest for decades with both finding considerable success against the other. This matchup has become famous for physical defensive minded basketball and deafening crowd noise. Easily one of the Big 10’s best games, this rivalry is college basketball at its finest.
Wisconsin vs. Iowa
One of the oldest basketball rivalries in the nation, Badgers-Hawkeyes is full of history. Wisconsin and Iowa have been playing basketball for over a century. After the two teams had met 158 times, the series was dead even at 79-79. These longtime Big 10 rivals seem to never get tired of creating great moments and beating the other. The Midwest is known for having many of college basketballs best rivalries, the atmosphere of this game easily rivals any in the region.
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How can I buy cheap Wisconsin Badgers tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Wisconsin Badgers basketball tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Wisconsin tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Big 10 opponents like Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Michigan State can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for unranked, non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer the best opportunity to purchase Wisconsin tickets near face value.
Where can I find the 2016-2017 Wisconsin Badgers basketball schedule?
The Badgers 2016-2017 basketball schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the Big 10. Wisconsin plays in the Big 10, which means games against Minnesota, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Rutgers, and Maryland. Game times are announced by the Big 10 as soon as the TV schedule is set. Wisconsin’s home opener is typically one of the most popular games. They also compete with Marquette in the Wisconsin-Marquette rivalry. If you are looking for Badgers news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Wisconsin Badgers team roster.
Can I buy Wisconsin Badgers basketball season tickets?
Wisconsin Badgers season tickets are available to buy until kickoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Wisconsin basketball season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at Kohl Center.
What is the best Wisconsin rivalry game during the season?
The Badgers have one of the longest lists of rivals in the nation. Where some schools are solely focused on beating one rival, Wisconsin has half a dozen teams that it has great college basketball histories with. Thus to pick a “best” rivalry for the Badgers is impossible. However, the game with Marquette is special because of the closeness of the two campuses. Both schools have had basketball powerhouses for over a century and both pull the best talent out of the State of Wisconsin. For a school that has such deep seated conference rivals, this game is the star of the non-conference schedule for the Badgers, and one of the can’t miss games on the college basketball schedule.
What is the best game day tradition at a Badgers home game?
One of the best traditions at the Kohl Center is the Wisconsin student section. Known as the “Grateful Red,” the Badgers students often wear tie-dyed t-shirts and are consistently ranked among the top 5 college basketball student sections in the nation. The students are loud, passionate, and the section is always filled to the brim. The Grateful Red has been the ire of any opposing team, most of which have left the Kohl Center defeated. There are few home courts in the country that give their team the advantage that the Kohl Center gives the Badgers, and the Grateful Red are a large reason why.