MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Badgers fans around long enough to remember the lean years are among those especially enjoying the team's latest success.
In the years between Wisconsin's only national championship in 1941 and the first year under coach Bo Ryan in 2001, the likelihood of a NCAA tournament bid was absurd. Post-Crescent Media says the Badgers finished below .500 34 times.
In the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, Wisconsin placed eighth or lower in the Big Ten eight times over 10 seasons. The 1970s and 1980s weren't a whole lot better. The Badgers finished better than sixth in the Big Ten just twice.
The Badgers advanced to the tournament just seven times in the 63 seasons before Ryan became coach.