It's hard to consider a season a success when it ends in defeat, but what Wisconsin was able to achieve during the 2013-14 college basketball campaign is as close as a team can get.
The Badgers (30-8) made their first Final Four since 2000, bouncing back from a rough midseason stretch to put together five straight great games during the NCAA tournament. And while it fell 74-73 to Kentucky in Saturday's national semifinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Wisconsin was in the game from start to finish and only lost in the final seconds.
The final game is often what people bring up first when describing a season, but Wisconsin's effort this year needs to be graded from November through early April.
Here are our final grades for Wisconsin in 2013-14.