Under Bo Ryan, the Wisconsin Badgers have never finished worse than fifth in the Big Ten, and lo and behold, critics picked the Badgers to finish outside of the top five in the conference following the losses of Jordan Taylor (graduation) and Josh Gasser (injury).
And yet here we are. With five games remaining, Wisconsin is tied for third place in the conference and sits two games out of first place. Thanks to a favorable remaining schedule, the Badgers shouldn't rule out winning the whole thing, although they would probably settle for finishing right where they currently stand.
No team in the country has played more games against ranked opponents than the Badgers (nine), and in those games, Wisconsin has compiled an impressive 5-4 record.
Based on the expectations for Wisconsin coming into the season and the way it has comparatively performed, there will be more passing grades than failing grades on this roster. Here is the breakdown and the final verdict for each player.