The Wisconsin Badgers have become a fixture in the national polls, but this season’s 21st-ranked squad will need to put on quite a show to match the teams that built (and rebuilt) the UW program. After shining in the early days of the NCAA Tournament, the Badgers virtually dropped off the basketball map for decades, only to bounce back with a vengeance in the last 20 years.
The spark that first ignited Wisconsin’s return to national prominence was electrifying swingman Michael Finley, who played one of his biggest games as a junior against Purdue. The high-scoring Finley outdueled Boilermaker star Glenn Robinson, giving the Badgers the signature win they needed to earn an at-large bid to March Madness.
Read on for more on that Big Ten clash and the rest of the most important victories in the rich history of Badger basketball.