The Wisconsin basketball team Wisconsin Badgers are Big Ten champions once again. Coming from the back to get the 60-56 win over the Indiana Hoosiers Saturday afternoon in Bloomington, the Badgers extended their winning streak to eight and earned at least a piece of the regular-season title for the first time since 2015. After the celebration had paused, at least for a moment, the starters for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team filed into a small room at Assembly Hall and sat in folding chairs side-by-side.
The five players of the Wisconsin basketball team were joined by a special guest at the post-game news conference. Resting on the table in front of them was a tall Big Ten championship trophy, not yet engraved with their name but present nevertheless after conference officials had it delivered to the arena for a potential coronation Saturday afternoon. After one of the players puckered up and landed a smooch on the big silver ball on top, another player joked, “Hey! Stop kissing my girl.”
Happiness and silliness were only two of the emotions running through the Wisconsin basketball team after the 60-56 victory over Indiana Hoosiers that secured at least a share of the program’s first title in five years. This team’s been through so many ups and downs all year, and for us to fight through that hardship and get that beautiful trophy, man, it’s dreamlike,” said Micah Potter a junior forward who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. “Everyone was going crazy in their own way.”
Nate Reuvers a, Junior forward for Wisconsin basketball team scored a game-high 17 points, which can win the crown outright if Maryland and Michigan State lose their game on Sunday. The only way the Badgers (21-10, 14-6 Big Ten) won’t be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament is if Michigan State wins, Maryland loses and Illinois wins; Wisconsin basketball team would be the No. 2 seed in that scenario.
Either way, it’s a remarkable achievement for a basketball team that was 6-6 in Big Ten play following a 70-52 loss at Minnesota on February 5. The Wisconsin basketball team won eight consecutive games over the final 28 days of the regular season, a run that began shortly after the team’s second-leading scorer, Kobe King, left the team in late January.“This has been unbelievable just the guts, the heart, the toughness of this team and how much they matured” Wisconsin basketball team coach Greg Gard said. For him, the moment was bittersweet no matter how much pride there was flowing inside of him. The win came 41 weeks to the day after a tragedy that put winning and losing in standpoint for Gard and everyone else in a program that continues to grieve for the loss of two of its family members, back in May the Moore family was involved in an accident in Michigan. Moore and his 13-year-old son Jerell survived the crash but attack a month later his wife Jennifer and 9-year-old daughter Jaidyn died because of the crash.