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2014–15 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team

The 2014–15 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team represented the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the 2014–15 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was Bo Ryan's 14th and final full season as head coach at Wisconsin. The team played their home games at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin and were members of the Big Ten Conference.They finished the season 36–4, 16–2 in Big Ten play to win the Big Ten regular season championship. They defeated Michigan, Purdue, and Michigan State to win the Big Ten Tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This marked the Badgers' 17th straight trip to the Tournament. In the Tournament, they defeated Coastal Carolina and Oregon to advance to their second straight Sweet Sixteen. They defeated North Carolina and Arizona to reach the school's fourth overall and second consecutive Final Four. By upsetting unbeaten Kentucky 71–64 in the Final Four in Indianapolis, the Badgers moved on to play Duke in the National Championship Game, going for their first title in 74 years. However, Wisconsin lost the game 68–63.

2014–15 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball
Wisconsin Badgers logo.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 3
2014–15 record36–4 (16–2 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Ryan (14th season)
Assistant coachGreg Gard
Assistant coachGary Close
Assistant coachLamont Paris
Home stadiumKohl Center
(Capacity 17,230)
Seasons
2014–15 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Wisconsin 16 2   .889     36 4   .900
No. 12 Maryland 14 4   .778     28 7   .800
No. 23 Michigan State 12 6   .667     27 12   .692
Iowa 12 6   .667     22 12   .647
Purdue 12 6   .667     21 13   .618
Ohio State 11 7   .611     24 11   .686
Indiana 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
Illinois 9 9   .500     19 14   .576
Michigan 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Minnesota 6 12   .333     18 15   .545
Northwestern 6 12   .333     15 17   .469
Nebraska 5 13   .278     13 18   .419
Penn State 4 14   .222     18 16   .529
Rutgers 2 16   .111     10 22   .313
2015 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Badgers finished the 2013–14 season 30–8, 12–6 in Big Ten play to finish in a tie for a second place. They lost in the semifinals in the Big Ten Tournament to Michigan State. They received at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed in the West region. They defeated American and Oregon to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. They defeated Baylor and Arizona to advance to the Final Four. However, they were eliminated by Kentucky in the Final Four.

NotesEdit

The latter half of back-to-back Final Fours, with this one including a trip to the championship game.

This was also the year Kentucky was nearly unstoppable. Early in the season, the hype for a perfect season was being pushed. They were ranked #1 in every AP poll that season. Kentucky got to 38-0 until they played Wisconsin in the Final Four.

Despite being ranked #3 in both the Coaches and AP poll for Selection Sunday, Wisconsin was given the 4th overall rank for the NCAA Tournament, the last of the 1 seeds. This sent Wisconsin into the West region, while Kentucky deservedly so, received the 1st overall rank and sent to the Midwest region; Villanova the 2nd overall rank and sent to the East region; Duke the 3rd overall rank and given the South region. Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Villanova each won their respective regular season conference titles and conference tournament championships. While Duke did beat Wisconsin earlier in the season, Duke did not win the ACC regular season title, and lost in the Semifinals of the ACC tournament, but was still given a higher overall rank for the NCAA tournament. Giving Wisconsin the 4th overall rank set-up a National Semifinal match-up between Wisconsin and Kentucky, instead of a potential National Championship game. Media outlets had often gave Wisconsin the best chance to match-up against Kentucky, given their size. Wisconsin took the toughest road to the National Championship. Beating #16 Coastal Carolina; then #8 Oregon; then #4 North Carolina; then #2 Arizona, then #1 Kentucky; then playing #1 Duke in the championship.

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Ben Brust 1 G 6'1" 195 Senior Hawthorn Woods, IL Graduated
Zach Bohannon 34 F 6'6" 210 RS Senior Marion, IA Graduated
Evan Anderson 32 C 6'10" 255 RS Junior Stanley, WI Graduated

2014 CommitmentsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ethan Happ
PF
Taylor Ridge, IL Rockridge 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Jun 26, 2013 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
T.J. Schlundt
SG
Oconomowoc, WI SJNMA 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) May 13, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2014 Wisconsin Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  • "Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scout.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  • "ESPN- Wisconsin Badgers Men's Basketball Recruiting". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 27, 2014.

AwardsEdit

All-Big Ten by Media[1]

  • Frank Kaminsky - Player of the Year & 1st team (both unanimous)
  • Sam Dekker - 2nd team
  • Nigel Hayes - 3rd team

All-Big Ten by Coaches

  • Bo Ryan - Coach of the Year
  • Frank Kaminsky - Player of the Year & 1st team (unanimous)
  • Sam Dekker - 2nd team
  • Nigel Hayes - 3rd team
  • Josh Gasser - All-Defensive team

RosterEdit

2014–15 Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 2 Jordan Smith 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr Orono, MN
G 3 Zak Showalter 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS So Germantown, WI
G 4 Matt Ferris (W) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Appleton, WI
F 5 Aaron Moesch (W) 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Fr Green Bay, WI
F 10 Nigel Hayes 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Toledo, OH
G 11 Jordan Hill   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Pasadena, CA
G 12 Traevon Jackson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Westerville, OH
F 13 Duje Dukan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 218 lb (99 kg) RS Sr Deerfield, IL
F 15 Sam Dekker 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Sheboygan, WI
G 20 T. J. Schlundt   6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Oconomowoc, WI
G 21 Josh Gasser 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 192 lb (87 kg) RS Sr Port Washington, WI
F 22 Ethan Happ   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Taylor Ridge, IL
G 24 Bronson Koenig 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So La Crosse, WI
F 30 Vitto Brown 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 237 lb (108 kg) So Bowling Green, OH
G 35 Riley Dearring 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 182 lb (83 kg) RS Fr Minnetonka, MN
F 44 Frank Kaminsky 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Sr Lisle, IL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Source[2]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 5*
7:00 pm
No. 3 UW–Parkside W 77–40 
 19  Kaminsky   11  Tied   3  Tied  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Non-conference regular season
Nov 14*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 3 Northern Kentucky W 62–31  1–0
 16  Kaminsky   11  Kaminsky   4  Kaminsky  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Nov 16*
12:00 pm, ESPNews
No. 3 Chattanooga
Battle 4 Atlantis
W 89–45  2–0
 18  Dekker   13  Hayes   4  Tied  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Nov 19*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 3 Green Bay W 84–60  3–0
 25  Hayes   15  Kaminsky   4  Jackson  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Nov 22*
9:00 pm, BTN
No. 3 Boise State W 78–54  4–0
 26  Kaminsky   5  Tied   5  Jackson  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Nov 26*
6:00 pm, AXS TV
No. 2 vs. UAB
Battle 4 Atlantis Quarterfinals
W 72–43  5–0
 16  Kaminsky   8  Kaminsky   4  Hayes  Imperial Arena (2,633)
Nassau, BAH
Nov 27*
2:30 pm, ESPN
No. 2 vs. Georgetown
Battle 4 Atlantis Semifinals
W 68–65  6–0
 17  Dekker   7  Hayes   4  Koenig  Imperial Arena (3,204)
Nassau, BAH
Nov 28*
3:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 vs. Oklahoma
Battle 4 Atlantis Championship
W 69–56  7–0
 17  Kaminsky   7  Tied   8  Jackson  Imperial Arena (2,667)
Nassau, BAH
Dec 3*
8:30 pm, ESPN
No. 2 No. 4 Duke
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
L 70–80  7–1
 25  Jackson   9  Kaminsky   3  Gasser  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Dec 6*
11:30 am, CBS
No. 2 at Marquette W 49–38  8–1
 15  Kaminsky   10  Kaminsky   3  Tied  BMO Harris Bradley Center (18,573)
Milwaukee, WI
Dec 10*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 5 at Milwaukee W 93–54  9–1
 18  Kaminsky   7  Hayes   3  Jackson  UW–Milwaukee Panther Arena (10,120)
Milwaukee, WI
Dec 13*
2:00 pm, BTN
No. 5 Nicholls State W 86–43  10–1
 17  Dekker   8  Hayes   4  Kaminsky  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Dec 22*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 6 at California W 68–56  11–1
 17  Hayes   13  Hayes   4  Jackson  Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Berkeley, CA
Dec 28*
7:00 pm, BTN
No. 6 Buffalo W 68–56  12–1
 25  Kaminsky   11  Kaminsky   5  Jackson  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Big Ten regular season
Dec 31
12:00 pm, BTN
No. 4 Penn State W 89–72  13–1
(1–0)
 21  Hayes   14  Kaminsky   3  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Jan 4
7:30 pm, BTN
No. 4 at Northwestern W 81–58  14–1
(2–0)
 16  Tied   10  Kaminsky   6  Tied  Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
Jan 7
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 4 Purdue W 62–55  15–1
(3–0)
 21  Kaminsky   5  Tied   2  Tied  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Jan 11
5:00 pm, BTN
No. 4 at Rutgers L 62–67  15–2
(3–1)
 15  Tied   10  Hayes   5  Hayes  The RAC (6,987)
Piscataway, NJ
Jan 15
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 Nebraska W 70–55  16–2
(4–1)
 22  Kaminsky   7  Hayes   4  Hayes  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Jan 20
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 No. 25 Iowa W 82–50  17–2
(5–1)
 17  Dekker   11  Kaminsky   6  Kaminsky  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Jan 24
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Michigan
College GameDay
W 69–64 OT 18–2
(6–1)
 22  Kaminsky   9  Kaminsky   4  Koenig  Crisler Center (12,579)
Ann Arbor, MI
Jan 31
11:00 am, ESPN
No. 5 at Iowa W 74–63  19–2
(7–1)
 24  Kaminsky   9  Kaminsky   3  Hayes  Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,400)
Iowa City, IA
Feb 3
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 No. 25 Indiana W 92–78  20–2
(8–1)
 23  Kaminsky   6  Tied   3  Tied  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Feb 7
4:30 pm, BTN
No. 5 Northwestern W 65–50  21–2
(9–1)
 16  Tied   9  Gasser   5  Kaminsky  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Feb 10
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 at Nebraska W 65–55  22–2
(10–1)
 21  Dekker   12  Kamisnky   4  Kaminsky  Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,701)
Lincoln, NE
Feb 15
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 Illinois W 68–49  23–2
(11–1)
 23  Kaminsky   11  Kaminsky   4  Koenig  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Feb 18
6:00 pm, BTN
No. 5 at Penn State W 55–47  24–2
(12–1)
 22  Dekker   13  Hayes   4  Koenig  Bryce Jordan Center (7,132)
University Park, PA
Feb 21
11:00 am, ESPN
No. 5 Minnesota W 63–53  25–2
(13–1)
 21  Kaminsky   7  Hayes   3  Tied  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Feb 24
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 at No. 14 Maryland L 53–59  25–3
(13–2)
 18  Kaminsky   9  Dekker   2  Tied  Xfinity Center (17,950)
College Park, MD
Mar 1
3:00 pm, CBS
No. 5 Michigan State W 68–61  26–3
(14–2)
 31  Kaminsky   9  Dekker   3  Tied  Kohl Center (17,279)
Madison, WI
Mar 5
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6 at Minnesota W 76–63  27–3
(15–2)
 25  Kaminsky   9  Hayes   7  Kaminsky  Williams Arena (14,625)
Minneapolis, MN
Mar 8
3:30 pm, CBS
No. 6 at No. 23 Ohio State W 72–48  28–3
(16–2)
 20  Kaminsky   8  Tied   3  Kaminsky  Value City Arena (18,077)
Columbus, OH
Big Ten Tournament
Mar 13
11:00 am, ESPN
No. 6 vs. Michigan
Quarterfinals
W 71–60  29–3
 17  Dekker   12  Kaminsky   6  Dekker  United Center (17,290)
Chicago, IL
Mar 14
12:00 pm, CBS
No. 6 vs. Purdue
Semifinals
W 71–51  30–3
 19  Koenig   8  Dekker   5  Tied  United Center (18,088)
Chicago, IL
Mar 15
2:30 pm, CBS
No. 6 vs. Michigan State
Championship game
W 80–69 OT 31–3
 25  Hayes   5  Tied   9  Koenig  United Center (17,213)
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
Mar 20*
8:20 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 3 vs. (16 W) Coastal Carolina
Second round
W 86–72  32–3
 27  Kaminsky   12  Kaminsky   4  Tied  CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,534)
Omaha, NE
Mar 22*
6:40 pm, truTV
(1 W) No. 3 vs. (8 W) Oregon
Third round
W 72–65  33–3
 17  Dekker   7  Kaminsky   4  Gasser  CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,563)
Omaha, NE
Mar 26*
6:47 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 3 vs. (4 W) No. 15 North Carolina
Sweet Sixteen
W 79–72  34–3
 23  Dekker   10  Dekker   4  Tied  Staples Center (18,809)
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 28*
5:09 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 3 vs. (2 W) No. 5 Arizona
Elite Eight
W 85–78  35–3
 29  Kaminsky   6  Kaminsky   4  Hayes  Staples Center (19,125)
Los Angeles, CA
Apr 4*
7:45 pm, TBS
(1 W) No. 3 vs. (1 MW) No. 1 Kentucky
Final Four
W 71–64  36–3
 20  Kaminsky   11  Kaminsky   2  Tied  Lucas Oil Stadium (72,238)
Indianapolis, IN
Apr 6*
8:10 pm, CBS
(1 W) No. 3 vs. (1 S) No. 4 Duke
National Championship
L 63–68  36–4
 21  Kaminsky   12  Kaminsky   4  Koenig  Lucas Oil Stadium (71,149)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. W=West region, MW=Midwest region, S=South region.
All times are in Central Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. (RV) Received votes but unranked. (NR) Not ranked.
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP 3 3 2 2 5 5 6 4 4 7 6 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 3 N/A
Coaches 4 4 3 4 6 6 6 4 4 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 3 2

Player statisticsEdit

  • As of April 7, 2015[3]
		        MINUTES    |--TOTAL--|   |--3-PTS--| |-F-THROWS-| |---REBOUNDS---|                 |-SCORING-| 
## Player           GP GS Tot  Avg  FG  FGA  Pct  3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA  Pct  Off Def Tot Avg PF FO  A  TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
44 Kaminsky, Frank  39 39 1311 33.6 267 488 .547  42 101 .416 156 200 .780  58 262 320 8.2 65  0 103  63 57 33 732 18.8
15 Dekker, Sam      40 40 1239 31.0 213 406 .525  50 151 .331  80 113 .708  77 143 220 5.5 42  0  49  36 18 21 556 13.9
10 Hayes, Nigel     40 40 1318 33.0 166 334 .497  40 101 .396 125 168 .744  85 162 247 6.2 76  1  79  51 16 34 497 12.4
24 Koenig, Bronson  40 24 1152 28.8 115 278 .414  62 153 .405  56  69 .812  19  51  70 1.8 64  2  98  33  8  9 348  8.7
12 Jackson, Traevon 21 17  506 24.1  60 139 .432  11  39 .282  40  47 .851   4  31  35 1.7 27  0  54  32  3 19 171  8.1
21 Gasser, Josh     40 40 1320 33.0  77 174 .443  49 126 .389  62  75 .827  29 110 139 3.5 90  1  70  21  8 30 265  6.6
13 Dukan, Duje      38  0  605 15.9  60 155 .387  29  91 .319  31  46 .674  28  70  98 2.6 48  0  24  25  3  8 180  4.7
03 Showalter, Zak   35  0  266  7.6  23  53 .334   2  14 .143  24  27 .889  18  27  45 1.3 38  0  16   5  4 10  72  2.1
30 Brown, Vitto     34  0  214  6.3  26  59 .441   0   0 .000  10  17 .588  12  31  43 1.3 38  0   7  15  8  8  62  1.8
35 Dearring, Riley  15  0   39  2.6   4  10 .400   3   7 .429   0   1 .000   0   4   4 0.3  5  0   1   6  0  1  11  0.7
05 Moesch, Aaron    14  0   28  2.0   2   7 .286   0   1 .000   0   2 .000   2   4   6 0.4  4  0   3   2  1  0   4  0.3
04 Ferris, Matt      9  0   17  1.9   1   3 .333   0   1 .000   0   0 .000   3   2   5 0.6  1  0   0   1  1  1   2  0.2
02 Smith, Jordan    14  0   35  2.5   0   9 .000   0   5 .000   0   0 .000   1   1   2 0.1  3  0   0   0  0  0   0  0.0
   Team                                                                      47  57 104       0       6
   Total..........  40  8050 1014 2115 .479 288 790 .365 584 765 .763 383 955 1338 33.5 501  4 504 296 127 174 2900 72.5
   Opponents......  40  8050  896 2092 .428 202 538 .375 333 469 .710 297 809 1106 27.7 723 10 359 378  84 163 2327 58.2

Season highsEdit

Player Game Date
Points 31 Frank Kaminsky vs. Michigan State March 1, 2015
Rebounds 15 Frank Kaminsky vs. Green Bay November 19, 2014
Assists 9 Bronson Koenig vs. Michigan State March 15, 2015
Steals 4 Frank Kaminsky at Marquette December 6, 2014
Josh Gasser at Milwaukee December 10, 2014
Blocks 7 Frank Kaminsky vs. Green Bay November 19, 2014

DeparturesEdit

Following the 2014-15 season seniors Frank Kaminsky, Josh Gasser, Traevon Jackson and Duje Dukan had all exhausted their NCAA eligibility. Following their NCAA championship defeat when Nigel Hayes was asked if he would declare for the NBA Draft he said, "I'm nowhere near good enough to do anything but come back."[4] On April 10 Sam Dekker chose to forgo his senior year and declare for the 2015 NBA Draft.[5]

NBA draft selectionsEdit

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
2015 1 9 9 Frank Kaminsky Charlotte Hornets
2015 1 18 18 Sam Dekker Houston Rockets

ReferencesEdit