2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: Wisconsin Badgers

By Joseph Nardone
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 23-11

RPI: 29

BPI: 23

Conference: Big 10 Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth


The Wisconsin Badgers always take on the form of their head coach, Bo Ryan. No, that does not mean they are a bunch of grumpy kids who won’t let each other transfer to other programs. It just means that the players approach the game with a very intense, methodical method that Ryan has seemed to preach since he was coaching Wisconsin-Platteville in 1984.

As for the season itself, Wisconsin always felt like a Big 10 Conference afterthought. Which really is not their fault that everything around them was just bonkers. Although, they did have some Big 10 craziness of their own as well.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Jared Berggren (11.5 ppg)

Leading Rebounder: Ryan Evans (7.5 rpg)

Leading Passer: Traevon Jackson (2.8 apg)

Bad Losses: Purdue

Good Wins: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan


Ryan and the Badgers are coming off two straight Sweet Sixteen appearances in the NCAA Tournament. However, that doesn’t mean they are going to repeat their previous successes. Ryan Evans is not the most exciting player in the history of the world to watch, but he is effective and will be a big part of whatever run Wisconsin plans on making in the big dance.

Bracket alert! Ryan and the Badgers have all the makings of an NCAA Tournament sleeper-ish team. Wisconsin is a bracket-filler person’s dream. Even though they are coming from a power-conference, the Badgers have gone widely unnoticed throughout the year. Teams like this usually do damage in March. Now that I said it, expect them to be bounced very early in the tournament.

The Wisconsin Badgers are dancing!


Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. For the love of Sam Cassell, follow Joe on the mean streets of Twitter @JosephNardone

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