25 NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES ▪ 4 FINAL FOURS ▪ 19 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ▪ 21 CONSENSUS ALL҃AMERICANS
9 WISCONSIN BADGERS
18҃12, 10҃10 BIG TEN
Rankings (AP/Coaches): RV/RV
Head Coach: Greg Gard
Record at Wisconsin: 119-69 (6th Season)
Overall Record: 119-69 (6th Season)
1 BAYLOR BEARS
23҃2, 13҃1 BIG 12
Rankings (AP/Coaches): 3/3
Head Coach: Scott Drew
Record at BU: 367-215 (18th Season)
Overall Record: 387–226 (19th Season)
SUNDAY, MARCH 21 ▪ 1:40 P.M. ҐCTґ ▪ INDIANAPOLIS, IND. ▪ HINKLE FIELDHOUSE ▪ CBS
WISCONSIN TAKES ON BAYLOR
LOOKING FOR ANOTHER SWEET 16
With an 85-62 win over No. 8 North Carolina,
9th-seeded Wisconsin advanced to the second
round of the NCAA tournament for the 5th
time in its last 6 trips to The Big Dance and the
11th time in the last 13 appearances.
UW has won at least 1 NCAA tournament
game in 19 of its 25 appearances, including
11 of the last 13.
Wisconsin has won 14 NCAA tournament
games since 2014, the most among Big Ten
teams and 6th-highest total in the naঞ on.
UW has won a total of 34 NCAA tournament
games since 2000, the 2nd-highest total in the
Big Ten and 7th-highest mark in the NCAA.
Wisconsin looks to advance to the Sweet 16
for the 5th time in the last 7 NCAA tourneys,
and the 7th time in the last 10 tournaments.
UW also advanced to the NCAA tournament’s
second weekend in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015,
2016 and 2017.
Only Gonzaga (5) and Kentucky (5) have been to
the Sweet 16 more frequently than Wisconsin
(4) since 2014. Duke, Michigan and UNC are
the only other schools with 4 trips since 2014.
Only Kentucky (7) has gone to more Sweet 16s
since 2011 than Wisconsin (6). Duke, Kansas
and North Carolina are the only other schools
with 6 Sweet 16 appearances since 2011.
Head coach Greg Gard improved to 5-3 in the
NCAA tourney including 3-1 in the first round.
Gard’s teams are 3-2 against higher-seeded
teams, with wins over No. 1 Villanova (2017),
No. 2 Xavier (2016) and No. 8 UNC (2021).
Overall, UW is 30-19 in the NCAA tournament
with Gard on the Badgers bench, including a
mark of 25-16 from 2002-15 as an assistant.
ROUND ONE RECAP
(9) Wisconsin 85, (8) North Carolina 62
Wisconsin led wire-to-wire en route to a
23-point margin of victory, the school’s thirdlargest in an NCAA tournament game.
UW also built its largest-ever halftime lead
(40-24) in NCAA tournament history.
The Badgers equaled their third-highest
scoring output for an NCAA tournament game
and UW’s most tourney points since an 85-78
win over Arizona in the 2015 Elite Eight.
The Badgers also matched their second-highest
scoring output of the season, trailing only a
92-58 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 27.
The Badgers’ 23-point victory matched North
Carolina’s second-largest NCAA tournament
loss and its most lopsided defeat since a 96-73
setback to Arkansas in 1990.
UW also held the Tar Heels to their fewest
points in an NCAA tournament game since
2013, a string of 22 games.
UW went 13-for-27 (48.1%) from 3-point
range, equaling the school’s third-most triples
in an NCAA tournament game.
The Badgers also matched their second-highest
3FG total of the season and most since making
13 vs. Iowa on Feb. 18.
UW improved to 7-0 this season when shooting
at least 45.0% from 3-point range.
UW has connected on 45.1% (41-91) from
3-point range over its last 4 games. The Badgers
are averaging 10.3 3FGs over that stretch.
The Badgers shot 50.8% from the field, their
best mark since shooting 50.8% vs. Minnesota
on Dec. 31, 2020.
Wisconsin is 13-0 this season when it shoots a
better FG percentage than its opponent.
UW held North Carolina to 38.5% shooting,
the Badgers’ best defensive effort in an NCAA
tournament game since holding Pitt to 37.5%
(18-48) FG in 2016.
Wisconsin out-rebounded North Carolina,
37-34, becoming just the 3rd team to outrebound the Tar Heels this season and the first
since Florida State back on Jan. 16.
UW blocked 8 shots, matching a program
record for an NCAA tourney game. The
Badgers also recorded 8 vs. Montana in 2012.
The Badgers had just 7 turnovers. UW leads
the nation averaging 8.9 TOs per game, a number that would be 5th-best in school history
TAKING ON NO. 1
Wisconsin will be facing a No. 1 seed in the
NCAA tournament for the 10th time. The
Badgers are 4-6 all-time against top-seeded
teams, including wins in 3 of their last 4 games.
Greg Gard has a win over a No. 1 seed on his
resume, when No. 8 seed UW knocked off
No. 1 overall seed Villanova, 65-62, in the
second round of the 2017 NCAA tournament.
OPPONENT W/L Year/Round
vs. Arizona (1) W, 66-59 2000 2nd Rd
vs. Arizona (1) W, 64-63 (ot) 2014 Elite Eight
vs. Kentucky (1) W, 71-64 2015 Final Four
vs. Villanova (1) W, 65-62 2017 Second Rd
BADGERS IN THE BIG DANCE
The Badgers are 1 of just 5 teams in the
country to have played in 21 of the last
22 NCAA tournaments, joined by only
Gonzaga (22), Kansas (22),
Michigan State (22) and Duke (21).
Wisconsin’s 6 Sweet 16 appearances in the
last 10 seasons (9 NCAA tourneys) trails
only Kentucky for most in the naঞ on. The
Badgers have made the NCAA tournament’s
second weekend in 2011, 2012, 2014,
2015, 2016 and 2017.
Wisconsin went to 4 straight Sweet 16s
from 2014-2017, equaling the longest such
streak in Big Ten history.
Wisconsin has won 30 NCAA tournament
games in 20 seasons with Greg Gard on
staff . In the 63 years of the NCAA tourney
prior to Gard’s arrival in 2001-02, the
Badgers won a total of 9 tourney games.
Wisconsin has won 18 NCAA tournament
games over the last 10 seasons, 8th-most in
the naঞ on. Only Kentucky, North Carolina,
Kansas, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Michigan
and Michigan State have more.
During Greg Gard’s tenure as head coach,
UW has been selected for 4 of the 5 NCAA
tournaments. Michigan (5), Michigan St. (5),
Purdue (5) and Maryland (4) are the only
other B1G teams with 4+ bids since 2016.
Since 2013-14, the Badgers are 35-14 (.714)
during the month of March, owning the best
winning percentage in the Big Ten.
Record in March, Since 2013-14
Team Record Pct.
- Wisconsin . . . . . . . . . . . 35-14 .714
- Michigan State . . . . . .40-17 .702
- Michigan. . . . . . . . . . . .37-17 .685
- Purdue . . . . . . . . . . . . .23-21 .523
Wisconsin’s 35-14 record in March over the last
8 seasons includes the following:
Regular Season: 13-5
Big Ten Tournament: 9-6
NCAA Tournament: 13-3
WISCONSIN IN INDIANAPOLIS
Wisconsin feels right at home in Indianapolis,
owning an extension history and a lot of success in
the “Crossroads of America”.
Wisconsin is 4-6 all-ঞ me at Hinkle Fieldhouse,
with the Badgers’ fi rst trip coming in 1936. UW
hasn’t played at Hinkle since 1990.
Wisconsin won the 2004 and 2008 Big Ten
Tournaments in Indianapolis at Banker’s Life.
UW has made prominent appearances in
Indianapolis during the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin advanced to the 2015 National
Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium.
UW also advanced to the 2000 Final Four,
hosted at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Wisconsin has also appeared in 6 Big Ten
Football Championship Games in Indy, ঞ ed with
OSU for the most in the event’s 10-year history.
That includes ঞ tles in the 2011 and 2012 Big
Ten Championship Game.
HISTORY VS. BAYLOR
Overall: Tied 1-1
In NCAAs: UW leads 1-0
Gard vs. BU: 0-1
Active Streak: BU won last 1
ALL-TIME MEETINGS (TIED 1-1)
Date Rank (UW/BU) Result Location
3/28/15 12/23 W, 69-52 Anaheim
11/30/17 –/22 L, 65-70 Kansas City
Sunday’s matchup will mark the 3rd-ever
meeting between Wisconsin and Baylor,
with the all-time me series ঞ ed up at 1-1.
UW and BU have met once before in
the NCAA tournament, with the Badgers
earning a 69-52 win over the Bears in the
2014 Sweet 16 in Anaheim. UW went on
to make the Final Four that season.
Baylor won the most recent meeting in
the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic semifinals.
Then freshmen, Brad Davison (13 pts) and
Aleem Ford (10 pts) each scored in double
figures for the Badgers, who fell, 70-65.
WISCONSIN IN THE NCAA
Record vs. Lower seeds: 25-10
Record vs. Higher seeds: 9-11
Record vs. Same seeds: 1-1
Record in unseeded years: 4-1
Tournament Record By Round
Round of 64 17-6
Round of 32 10-6
Sweet 16 4-6
Elite 8 4-1
Final Four 2-3
Regional Consolation 1-0
NCAA All-Tournament Honors
Year Award Player
1941 Tournament MOP John Kotz
2000 West Region MOP Jon Bryant
All-West Region Mike Kelley
All-West Region Andy Kowske
2005 All-Syracuse Region Sharif Chambliss
All-Syracuse Region Alando Tucker
2012 All-East Region Jordan Taylor
2014 West Region MOP Frank Kaminsky
All-West Region Traevon Jackson
2015 West Region MOP Sam Dekker
All-West Region Frank Kaminsky
All-West Region Josh Gasser
All-Final Four Frank Kaminsky
All-Final Four Sam Dekker
2017 All-East Region Nigel Hayes
WISCONSIN IN THE NCAA
by NCAA Seed
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