Wisconsin Badgers 2013-2014 Regular Season in Pictures

March 25, 2014  •  2 Comments

I had the opportunity of shooting every home game for the Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team this season and what a ride it was. The Badgers went from relatively under the radar to top five team to unranked to earning a number 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I would like to share some of the moments that I captured along the way with all of you. 

 

November 12, 2013 - Wisconsin 59, Florida 53

Following an 86-75 road win against St. Johns Red Storm, the Badgers opened the season at the Kohl Center against the 11th ranked Florida Gators. Sam Dekker scored 16 points and Traevon Jackson added 13. This marked the 16th straight win in home openers for the Badgers.

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Sam Dekker Fired UpSam Dekker and the crowd celebrate after winning a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game against the Florida Gators on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 59-53. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

November 19, 2013 - Wisconsin 103, North Dakota 85

Following a 69-66 road win against Green Bay, the Badgers faced off against North Dakota. Scoring in a variety of ways, Frank Kaminsky broke the UW school record with an incredible 43 points, passing Ken Barnes (1965) and Michael Finley (1994). "When those first couple of shots went in, I kind of said `I'm feeling it,"' Kaminsky said. "I kept shooting and it kept going in."

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Alonzo Traylor reacts to Frank Kaminsky's made shot during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game against North Dakota on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 103-85. Photo: Steve Gotter

Frank Kaminsky all smiles after breaking the UW individual scoring record with 43 during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game against North Dakota on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 103-85. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

November 23, 2013 - Wisconsin 76, Oral Roberts 67

After a 88-64 home win against the Bowling Green Falcons, the Badgers went head to head against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles. Wisconsin had five players score in double figures, led by Frank Kaminsky with 21 points. 

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Traevon Jackson controls the ball during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring Wisconsin Vs. Oral Roberts on Saturday, November 23, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 76-67. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

December 7, 2013 - Wisconsin 70, Marquette 64

Following neutral site wins against The Saint Louis Bilikens (63-57) and the West Virginia Mountaineers (70-63) in addition to a road win against the Virginia Cavaliers (48-38), the Badgers faced off against state rivals, the Marquette Golden Eagles. Wisconsin withstood a late rally from Marquette led by Sam Dekker with 20 points. Dekker and Frank Kaminsky traded off a pair of alley oops in the second half to assure an emphatic win. "The city's pretty split, Marquette-Wisconsin-wise," Dekker said. "To have a chance to get a win tonight and also play well doing that is very gratifying."

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Frank Kaminsky nearly pulls the rim off with a monsterous dunk during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 70-64. Photo: Steve Gotter

Josh Gasser and Ben Brust celebrating as the clock hits zero during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 70-64. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

December 11, 2013 - Wisconsin 78, Milwaukee 52

Led by Ben Brust with 18 points and Frank Kaminsky with 16, the Badgers routed Milwaukee to complete the in state sweep with wins over Green Bay, Marquette, and Milwaukee. This win matched their record to open the 1993-94 season with 11 straight wins. Said Coach Bo Ryan of Ben Brust after the game, “He draws a lot of attention from other teams. He’s been opportunistic. He attacked pretty well, drew the defense and found a lot of guys. He’s been pretty solid. Defensively he’s been pretty solid. He’s just been good. I don’t know how you overlook good. We certainly haven’t overlooked him.”

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Ben Brust (Badgers #1) goes up against J.J Panoske (Panthers #23) during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 78-52. Brust finished with 18 points on 7-13. Photo: Steve Gotter

The Badger bench celebrates the win after a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Milwaukee Panthers on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 78-52. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

December 14, 2013 - Wisconsin 86, Eastern Kentucky 61

Four Badgers scored in double figures, led by Ben Brust with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Nigel Hayes scored a career high 17 points. With this win, the Badgers were off to their best start to a season since 1915-16. "We've got a lot of pieces, and it's coming together nicely. But we've got a lot of work to do," Brust said.

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Ben Brust (Badgers #1) celebrates after a made three point shot during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

December 28, 2013 - Wisconsin 80, Prairie View A&M 43

In their last non-conference game of the season, Wisconsin easily knocked off the Panthers with even contributions as once again at least four Badgers scored in double figures, led by Sam Dekker with 16. Nigel Hayes contributed 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks.  Wisconsin out rebounded the Panthers 42-25.

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Nigel Hayes (Badgers #10) drives the ball past his defender during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Prairie View A&M Panthers on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 80-43. Photo: Steve Gotter

The Badgers celebrate a made alley-oop by Sam Dekker (Badgers #15) during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Prairie View A&M Panthers on Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 80-43. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

January 5, 2014 - Wisconsin 75, Iowa 71

Following their first conference game of the season, a 76-49 road win against Northwestern, the Badgers faced off against a 22nd ranked Iowa squad. The Badgers fell behind in the first half, opening the second half down 11 points. Ben Brust led the way, scoring all of his 19 points in the second half. Gasser added 14 points as well as making 6 of his 7 foul shots. With this win, the Badgers matched the best start in school history with 15 straight wins. 

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Josh Gasser (Badgers #21) beats his man Josh Oglesby (Hawkeyes #2) during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 75-71. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

January 8, 2014 - Wisconsin 95, Illinois 70

Following an intense game with Iowa, Wisconsin made easy work of the 23rd ranked Fighting Illini with five Badgers scoring in double figures for the 5th time of the season in addition to reaching at least 70 points for their 7th straight game. Wisconsin shot 56% for the game led by Ben Brust with 18 points. Dekker contributed 17 and Kaminsky added 15. With the win, the Badgers were off to the best start in school history, winning 16 straight games. "For the players, what they've accomplished ... I'm certainly proud of them," said Coach Bo Ryan after the game, "But you know, you start thinking about that too much, it can go the other way in a hurry."

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Sam Dekker (Badgers #15) and Josh Gasser (Badgers #21) high five during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 95-70. Photo: Steve Gotter

Frank Kaminsky (Badgers #44) celebrates during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Illinois Fighting Illini on Sunday, January 5th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 95-70. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

January 18, 2014 - Michigan 77, Wisconsin 70

Following their first loss of the season on the road against Indiana (75-72), the Badgers faced a tough Michigan squad led by future Big Ten player of the year, Nik Stauskus. Michigan was on fire for the first half, shooting 60 percent while the Badgers suffered from uncharacteristically sloppy play. The Badgers made a late game surge, creating a 14-2 run. Ultimately they would fall short as Stauskus scored 23 points and hit a key 3 with 48 seconds left to put the Badgers away.

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Frank Kaminsky (Badgers #44) posts up against Glenn Robinson III (Wolverines #1) during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, January 18th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. Michigan won 77-70. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

January 29, 2014 - Northwestern 65, Wisconsin 56

Following the loss to Michigan, Wisconsin hit the road for two games, losing to Minnesota 81-68 but pulling off a win against Purdue 72-58. They attempted to regroup at the Kohl Center but fell short against the Northwestern Wildcats with another night of cold shooting (26%). Ben Brust's 21 points were not enough as the Badgers lost their fourth game in five. 

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The Badgers return to the floor after a time out during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Northwestern Wildcats on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Wildcats won 65-56. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

February 1, 2014 - Ohio State 59, Wisconsin 58

Facing off against a 24th ranked Ohio State Buckeye squad, the Badgers sought to break a two game losing streak at the Kohl Center. It was a very physical, back and forth game. However, a field-goal drought over the last 6 minutes and 42 seconds combined with poor shooting from the free throw line did in the Badgers. Despite 17 points from freshmen Nigel Hayes, the Badgers lost their third straight game at home for the first time since 1998. Said Ben Brust after the game, “I don’t think we’re happy by any means, but we want to get back to what we know we can be. We have to change something, so we’re going to get back at it. We can’t sulk. We’ve got to move on. There’s nine games left and we’ve got to try and turn those nine games positively.” 

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Nigel Hayes (Badgers #10) handles the ball during a Non-Conference NCAA college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels on Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

February 9, 2014 - Wisconsin 60, Michigan State 58

Following a much needed road win against Illinois (75-63), the Badgers returned home knowing they had work to do in order to recapture the momentum that they started the season with. They faced a 9th ranked Michigan State Spartans team. Nigel Hayes led the Badgers with 14 points, but Traevon Jackson ended up being the hero of the day making a gaming winning pull up jump shot from about 10 feet with 2.1 seconds left in the game. The victory snapped a three game losing streak at the Kohl Center. "That's sort of what they expected out of me is just to finish the game," Jackson said. "The pull-up was there, and I was blessed to be able to make it go in."

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Traevon Jackson (Badgers #12) celebrates after a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Michigan State Spartans on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 60-58. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

February 13, 2014 - Wisconsin 78, Minnesota 70

With a regained energy from the big win against Michigan State, Wisconsin came out firing on all cylinders against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Badgers front court led the way with big games from their front court in the paint as Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes, and Sam Dekker all scored in double figures. "The energy is contagious," Kaminsky said. "Everyone was bringing it tonight."

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Sam Dekker (Badgers #15) lays it in during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Minnesota Golden Gophers on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 78-70. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

February 25, 2014 - Wisconsin 69, Indiana 58

Following the win against Minnesota, the Badgers went on the road for two games, winning both against 15th ranked Michigan 75-62 and 15th ranked Iowa 79-74. After these wins, they returned to the Kohl Center and sought revenge against an Indiana squad who took the first game at Assembly Hall . The Badgers struggled mightily in the first half, only scoring 19 points. However, behind a 62 percent shooting effort in the second half with five Badgers scoring in double figures, the Badgers came back to knock out the Hoosiers who were led by 24 points by Yogi Ferrell. The Badgers committed only three turnovers all night.

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Josh Gasser (Badgers #21) celebrates during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Indiana Hoosiers on Thursday, February 25th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 69-58. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

March 5, 2014 - Wisconsin 76, Purdue 70

Following a 71-66 road win against the Penn State Nittany Lions, the Badgers headed back to the Kohl Center for their last home game of the season and to celebrate senior night for Evan Anderson, Zach Bohannon, and Ben Brust. The Boilermakers kept things interesting all game, but the Badgers were never seriously threatened, led by Kaminsky with 22 points. Said Brust after the game, "It was nice to have everyone smiling in the locker room and smiling after the game. It makes it much better for everyone and the seniors especially. It’s much better to get a win on your last time on the home floor. I’ve had some amazing experiences here at the Kohl Center and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do the rest of the way."

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Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan hugs senior Ben Brust (Badgers #1) during a NCAA Big Ten Conference college basketball game featuring The Wisconsin Badgers Vs. The Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers won 76-70. Photo: Steve Gotter

 

The Badgers would go on to lose their last season game on the road against Nebraska 77-68, finishing the regular season with a 25-6 record. Following an 83-75 exit of the Big Ten Tournament dealt by Michigan State, the Badgers would go into the NCAA Tournament with a 2-seed. After wins against American University Eagles (75-35) and Oregon Ducks (85-77) in Milwaukee, they enter the Sweet Sixteen playing 6-seed Baylor in Anaheim, California on Thursday, March 27th at 6:47 PM CT on TBS. 

 



Comments

2.Chris Retzlaff (HOPE)(non-registered)
Dan sent me a link to your site. Great pictures Steve! What a great opportunity
1.Jacqui Smith Watson(non-registered)
Your shots of the Badger's are great !!!!!
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