Wisconsin Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Wisconsin Badgers

Big Ten (23-10, 14-6)

When Wisconsin lost four of five games around the New Year, many thought the Badgers were in store for another down campaign. In 2017-2018, Wisconsin went 15-18. That was the first time they missed the NCAA Tournament since 1998. It is a big deal when the Badgers do not make the tournament and Coach Greg Gard had to quickly turn things around. And he did, reeling off six Big Ten wins in a row after that losing stretch to get Wisconsin back to the tournament.
Big Wins: 11/30 at Iowa (72-66), 1/19 Michigan (64-54), 2/1 Maryland (69-61)
Bad Losses: 12/29 at Western Kentucky (76-83), 1/3 Minnesota (52-59), 2/26 at Indiana (73-75)
Coach: Greg Gard
Why They Can Surprise:
As usual, Wisconsin will take care of the basketball and play solid defense. The Badgers commit just 9.5 turnovers per game and allow 61.4 points per game. No team is going to go up against Wisconsin and have an easy time. Ethan Happ makes things difficult too. The 6-10 senior averages 17.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.3 blocks. Happ has had some tougher games down the stretch, but even if he is not scoring 20 points, Happ will still make a big impact on both ends of the floor.
Why They Can Disappoint:
But who scores when Happ is having an off game? D’Mitrik Trice, Brad Davison and Nate Reuvers are the only options. Most of Trice’s best games came in 2018 against non-conference opposition. In Big Ten play he has been far less productive. Davison, on the other hand, has played better against the tougher competition and when he is knocking down shots, Wisconsin’s offense is much more dynamic. Reuvers has emerged as a solid frontcourt mate for Reuvers. He can shoot the basketball and block some shots and do the dirty work. Wisconsin will win a game or two with their defense, but it will take some offense from Trice, Davison and Reuvers to get beyond that.
Probable Starters:
D’Mitrik Trice, Sophomore, Guard, 11.7 ppg, 2.6 apg
Brad Davison, Sophomore, Guard, 10.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Khalil Iverson, Senior, Guard, 6.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Nate Reuvers, Sophomore, Forward, 7.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Ethan Happ, Senior, Forward, 17.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.3 bpg
Key Role Players:
Kobe King, Freshman, Guard, 4.2 ppg
Brevin Prizl, Junior, Guard, 4.9 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.6 (258th in nation, 10th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 61.2 (8, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.6 (106, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 39.2 (10, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.3 (221, 8)  
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 37.4 (42, 2)
Free-Throw Percentage: 64.4 (333, 13)
Rebound Margin: -0.1 (202, 11)
Assists Per Game: 12.7 (233, 12)
Turnovers Per Game: 9.5 (5, 2)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Virginia Tech
2017NCAARound of 32 win over Villanova
2017NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Florida
2016NCAARound 0f 64 win over Pittsburgh
2016NCAARound of 32 win over Xavier
2016NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Notre Dame
2015NCAARound of 64 win over Coastal Carolina
2015NCAARound of 32 win over Oregon
2015NCAARegional Semifinal win over North Carolina
2015NCAARegional Final win over Arizona
2015NCAANational Semifinal win over Kentucky
2015NCAANational Final loss to Duke
2014NCAARound of 64 win over American
2014NCAARound of 32 win over Oregon
2014NCAARegional Semifinal win over Baylor
2014NCAARegional Final win over Arizona
2014NCAANational Semifinal loss to Kentucky
2013NCAARound of 64 loss to Mississippi
2012NCAARound of 64 win over Montana
2012NCAARound of 32 win over Vanderbilt
2012NCAARegional Semifinal loss t Syracuse
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Belmont
2011NCAARound of 32 win over Kansas State
2011NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Butler
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Wofford
2010NCAARound of 32 loss to Cornell
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Florida State
2009NCAARound of 32 loss to Xavier
2008NCAARound of 64 win over Cal State Fullerton
2008NCAARound of 32 win over Kansas State
2008NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Davidson
2007NCAARound of 64 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi
2007NCAARound of 32 loss to UNLV
*all team stats through 3/10