Yesterday was not a dream. The No. 24 Wisconsin Badgers (21-10 overall, 14-6 B1G) came back from a nine point deficit in the second half against the Indiana Hoosiers (19-12 overall, 9-11 B1G) on the road to clinch at least a share of the B1G title.
I know. It is hard to believe. Way back a whole month ago, the Badgers had just been absolutely decimated at Minnesota and were losers of three of four. They sat at 6-6 in conference and they had just lost a starter and were about to lose a strength coach. Then, instead of packing it in they decided to win every damn game left on the schedule.
A number of former players had thoughts on the brand new B1G champion Badgers.
From the mildly spicy
to the incredibly spicy
Man, who wouldn’t want to be part of that team... “direction” of the program looking just fine...— Sam Dekker (@dekker) March 7, 2020
former Badgers were out in full force to defend Greg Gard and rub it in the faces of the haters and losers, of whom there are many.
Through all the ups and downs of this season this team stuck together and grinded it out!! Peaking at the right time! @BadgerMBB People were quick to panic when things weren’t going well but that’s the beauty of a long season #B1GTenChamps— Duje Dukan (@dujedukan) March 7, 2020
The boys got it done today! BIG TEN CHAMPS— Jah. (@JTaylored11) March 7, 2020
I can’t even imagine how special this if for Alando Tucker who took the job as interim assistant coach just before the season under horribly sad circumstances and, by all accounts, has been a real credit to the staff and team. I hope he has a long and successful coaching career ahead of him.
Even current free agent linebacker (::poke Eagles with a stick::) Joe Schobert let everyone know.
National media members were also quick to join in with praise of potential B1G Coach of the Year Gard and the Badgers.
Tip the hat baby to @BadgerMBB as they win 8th in a row vs @IndianaMBB on the road & will have at least a share of the @B1GMBBall Congrats Coach Gard / star leaves K King yet Coach keeps team focused and they finish strong .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 7, 2020
Wisconsin fans were, obviously, ecstatic about the win.
I’ll think about this and get emotional every few days for the rest of my life.— Bart T rvik (@totally_t_bomb) March 7, 2020
HIRE GREG GARD— Owen Riese (@RieseDraft) March 7, 2020
Ryan was so excited he went to Culver’s!
And finally let’s take a look at the sights and sounds from the celebration in the locker room and back at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Look at how happy Micah Potter is! What an incredibly rewarding season for the transfer who had to sit and watch while his team struggled out of the gate because the NCAA is stupid.
Get your tissues ready.
The Badgers also held an impromptu pep rally at the Kohl Center on Saturday afternoon after they flew home from Indiana. Brad Davison looking like someone’s kid brother in this photo lmao.
#Badgers Potter on post-game: "We've been working so stinking hard all year for this. It was emotional. Guys were crying. Guys were celebrating. People were screaming their heads off. I was screaming like a lunatic. To get that beautiful trophy, it is just surreal."— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) March 8, 2020
The Wisconsin coaching staff has done one of the best, if not the best, jobs of any coaching staff in the country. Every award and plaudit that Gard receives is well deserved and earned.
Caught a sweet moment between #Badgers HC Greg Gard and his wife Michelle after winning the Big Ten regular season title. ❤️❤️❤️— Melissa Y. Kim (@melissaykim) March 7, 2020
(Rashard Griffith in the house too, for hugs and congrats.) #OnWisconsin pic.twitter.com/HBo21DXsxg
Say what you will about Brad Davison, and we have, but he does NOT lack for confidence nor does he shy away from the big shot. Every team needs a player like that.
And just for comparison, here’s how things were in the other locker room on Saturday. Looooooool.