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The Wisconsin Badgers are playing for a national championship. THIS IS IMPORTANT.

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A philosopher once said, ‘In order to be the man, you gotta beat the man.’ The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers have that exact scenario in front of them, as they take on eight-time national champion No. 3 Stanford Cardinal for the right to hoist the trophy. First to get to a three-count wins the whole shebang.

WHOOOOO.

How to watch/listen

TV: ESPN2, 7:00 p.m., CT.

Streaming: WatchESPN

Radio/Satellite: 1310 AM, Jon Arias

Live stats: Here.

Arena: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh PA

Fun Facts

  • Despite what recent history would tell you, historically Wisconsin has fared well when the title was on the line. (It helps to have the best hockey coaching family on your bench for a long time.)

Badger NCAA Title Games

Team Year Opponent Result Notes
Team Year Opponent Result Notes
Men's Basketball 1941 Washington State W 39-34 final score
Football 1962 Southern Cal L #1 v #2 in the Rose Bowl
Men's Hockey 1973 Denver W
Men's Hockey 1981 Minnesota W
Men's Hockey 1982 North Dakota L
Men's Hockey 1983 Harvard W
Men's Hockey 1990 Colgate W
Men's Hockey 1992 Lake Superior State L
Men's Soccer 1995 Duke W
Women's Volleyball 2000 Southern Cal L
Men's Hockey 2006 Boston College W SKILLE WITH THE GOAL
Women's Hockey 2006 Minnesota W
Women's Hockey 2007 Minnesota-Duluth W
Women's Hockey 2008 Minnesota-Duluth L
Women's Hockey 2009 Mercyhurst W
Men's Hockey 2010 Boston College L
Women's Hockey 2011 Boston University W
Women's Hockey 2012 Minnesota L
Women's Volleyball 2013 Penn State L
Men's Basketball 2014 Duke L
Women's Hockey 2017 Clarkson L
Women's Hockey 2019 Minnesota W
Team tournament sports only
  • Both teams are on hot streaks after early losses. Wisconsin’s gone 23-2 since a 4-4 non-conference record. Stanford started 7-3 before ripping off their ongoing 22-1 run.
  • Recent tournament history is tilted to Stanford. The Cardinal spoiled Lauren Carlini’s last home game in the 2016 regional final, and beat them in Palo Alto a year later.
  • Holiday traditions in my house included the chopping down of a pine tree he says with the subtlety of a Rettke attack.
  • Each side of the net has a pair of First-Team All-Americans. You know about Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke and Sydney Hilley. Stanford boasts setter Jenna Gray and libero Morgan Hentz.
  • Katheryn Plummer, who was out for 10 matches, did not qualify for All-American status. She’s just a two-time National Player of the Year.
  • This Cardinal senior class already won two titles! They don’t need another.
  • Wisconsin improved to 3-0 in national semifinal matches after downing No. 1 Baylor, 3-1, on Thursday night, improving to 2-1 against top-ranked teams in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers defeated No. 2 USC, 3-1, in 2000 and top-ranked Texas, 3-1, in 2013 in national semifinals. We don’t need to talk about what happened in the games after the prior Final Four wins.
  • Wisconsin is now 15-1 in set play in the championship.
  • Junior Dana Rettke led all players with eight blocks against Baylor on Thursday night, moving her into eighth on the UW career list with 494 blocks.