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2014 NCAA Tournament Profile: Wisconsin Badgers


Wisconsin Badgers

Record: 26-7 (12-6 Big Ten)

RPI: 7

BPI: 9

Conference: Big Ten

How They Qualified: At-large

 

Season Summary

The Wisconsin Badgers played one of the most ambitious non-conference schedules in all the land and still opened the season with sixteen straight victories. Included on that list of non-conference wins are victories against Florida and at Virginia. That is two #1 seeds that the Badgers knocked off before Christmas.

Once the Big Ten schedule began, the Badgers were a very streaky team. During one stretch in January and February, Wisconsin lost five out of six games, including a home game against Northwestern. Wisconsin then followed up that stretch with an eight-game winning streak. During that span, the Badgers beat Michigan State at home and Michigan and Iowa on the road.

The Wisconsin Badgers ran into a buzz saw in Michigan State at the Big Ten tournament. The Spartans knocked off the Badgers in the semifinals of that tournament, but the Badgers have no reason to be embarrassed by that loss.

 

What You Need To Know

Leading Scorer: Frank Kaminsky (13.6 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Frank Kaminsky (6.4 RPG)

Leading Passer: Traevon Jackson (4.7 APG)

Bad Losses: @ Indiana, Northwestern

Good Wins: Florida, St. Louis, @ UVA, Iowa (twice), Michigan, Michigan State

 

What to Expect

The defining trait of the Wisconsin Badgers is balance. On offense, six players average eight or more points per game.  Rebounding is also a group effort for the Badgers. That bodes well heading into the NCAA tournament. An off night by any one Badger should not spell disaster.

Compared to many teams these days, the Badgers are an experienced and older group. The Wisconsin Badgers are led by juniors and seniors. The Badgers’ leading scorer and rebounder is 7-foot senior Frank Kaminsky. Nerves and bright lights of the tournament may affect some aspects of a game, but they will not affect Kaminsky’s height.

The Wisconsin Badgers finished second in the extremely demanding Big Ten tournament. Therefore, they will not be afraid of anyone in the big dance. Obviously, with a seed like Wisconsin’s, the Final Four is a legitimate goal.

 

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