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Top 10 College Basketball Teams: #10 Wisconsin Badgers

FanWide’s #10 College Basketball team is the Wisconsin Badgers! Few programs can combine historical greatness and present success the same way Wisconsin can. Though the team has not won a National Championship since 1941, the Badgers are a consistent threat in the always-competitive Big Ten conference, year in and year out. Even more impressive, however, is the unwavering commitment of Badgers fans, who are always there to support their team. Top 10 finishes in the categories of fan clubs, recent tournament wins, attendance, and aggregate social media followers earned the Wisconsin Badgers the #10 spot among FanWide’s Top 10 College Basketball Teams.

Badgers fans have devoutly followed their team through many Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments in recent years. Photo courtesy of uwbadgers.com.

Teams were evaluated in 8 different categories (visit this blog post to see the methodology):

Category Count NCAA Basketball Rank
Fan Clubs (FanWide) 64 4
National Championships (All time) 1 13
NCAA Tournament Wins (Last 10 years) 18 9
Regular Season Wins (Last 10 years) 251 14
NBA Lottery Picks (Last 10 years) 1 20
Attendance (2018) 17,272 4
Coach Tenure (# of Years) 4 32
Aggregate Social Media Followers (Thousands) 695.1 6

Top 10 So Far:

10. Wisconsin Badgers

Fan Clubs: 64 (4th)

The Badgers have 64 fan clubs listed in FanWide’s database, the world’s largest fan club network, with clubs spread across the country. If you want to start your own Wisconsin fan club in your city, please contact FanWide today.

National Championships: 1 (13th)

The Badgers have not won a National Championship since 1941 when they won their first and only tournament title over Washington State. The team came close but fell just short against Duke in 2015, and they have their sights set on another title run soon.

Recent NCAA Tournament Wins: 18 (9th)

With strong coaching and no shortage of premier talent, Wisconsin had been a consistent tournament threat, reaching the Big Dance in nine of the past 10 years, highlighted by Final Four berths in 2014 and 2015 with a National Championship appearance in 2015.

Recent Regular Season Wins: 251 (14th)

The Badgers have been a regular-season juggernaut despite strong Big Ten competition in recent years, finishing with a winning percentage above .500 in nine of the last 10 seasons.

Recent NBA Lottery Picks: 1 (20th)

Only one Badger has been taken in the lottery in the past decade. Frank Kaminsky, who led Wisconsin to the National Championship game in 2015, was taken 9th overall by the Charlotte Hornets that year. The four-year star has his number retired by the program and is one of the school’s all-time great players.

Attendance in 2018: 17,272 (4th)

Wisconsin students and fans alike are among the best in the NCAA at supporting their team, finishing 4th in average attendance. They consistently fill out the Kohl Center, with the average falling just short of its listed total capacity of 17,287.

Coach Tenure: 4 years (32nd)

After taking over for the great Bo Ryan upon his retirement in 2015, current Badgers head coach Greg Gard was tasked with continuing to build an already-strong program. So far, Gard has had great success, leading Wisconsin to the NCAA tournament in three of the past four years and winning the Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award in 2016.

Aggregate Social Media Followers: 695,100 (6th)

The Badgers have a strong social media presence, finishing 6th overall with 695,100 followers across the three main platforms (254k Facebook likes, 298k Twitter followers, 145k Instagram followers). All three of these accounts are excellent sources of news, highlights, and other content for Wisconsin fans.

Led by top 10 finishes in four categories, the Badgers were able to capture the #10 spot on our list.

No matter where you live or travel, you can find other Wisconsin Badger fan clubs near you through FanWide, the world’s largest fan club network!

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