Since the late 1990s, the Wisconsin Badgers basketball program has been one of the most consistent teams in the country. The Badgers first reached the NCAA Tournament in 1941 and had their most successful tournament run by winning the national championship. Wisconsin returned to the Big Dance in 1947 and advanced to the Elite Eight. However, the program disappeared from the March tournament for nearly 50 years and only had eight winning seasons from 1954-1955. The Badgers finally snapped their drought in 1994 when they reached the postseason tournament. After another tournament berth in 1997, the Badgers started a streak in 1999 that has been hard to top. Wisconsin is currently on a 15+ year streak of making the Big Dance with no signs of slowing down.
Wisconsin has become borderline elite since the turn of the century and a lot of credit goes to head coach Bo Ryan. Ryan took over the Badgers program in 2001 and they haven’t missed out on the NCAA Tournament since. Ryan already has the most wins in program history with over 300 and has led the Badgers to multiple Final Fours to go along with numerous Sweet Sixteen appearances.
Wisconsin had their most successful tournament run in their first ever appearance in 1941. After defeating Dartmouth by one in the opening round, the Badgers advanced all the way to the national championship against Washington State. Wisconsin won the game despite not scoring 40 points with Gene England leading the team with 13.
Wisconsin Badgers Recent NCAA Tourament History
Wisconsin’s most recent tournament came in 2014 when they advanced all the way to the Final Four. The Badgers entered as the number 2 seed after a very successful year and cruised their way to the Elite Eight before facing a very tough Arizona Wildcats team. Wisconsin won by one point to advance to the Final Four to square off against the Kentucky Wildcats. In what turned out to a very memorable contest, the Badgers lost a heartbreaker by one, 74-73, ending a season with high expectations.