7. NCAA Tournament – March 29, 2014: No. 2 Wisconsin 64, No. 1 Arizona 63 (OT)
During the Badgers’ back-to-back Final Four runs, both times they needed to get through a highly skilled Arizona Wildcats team. In their first go-around, many figured the Wildcats to be too much for the inexperienced Badgers.
Frank Kaminsky continued his explosive NCAA Tournament by hitting big shot after big shot as the Badgers stayed toe to toe with the Wildcats. Kaminsky put up 28 points and 11 rebounds and held his own against the Wildcats’ massive front court.
In a game that saw more than just the final score, the Badgers needed one more stop to successfully complete a day where Green Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was in the crowd and what would have been head coach Bo Ryan’s father’s 90th birthday.
The Badgers grabbed a one-point lead late in the extra session, with one final chance for Arizona to win the game.
A Nick Johnson running jumper ended up being late and the Badgers were able to lift Bo Ryan to a much-deserved Final Four.
Much like the Oregon situation, the Badgers returned to the Final Four a year later- defeating Arizona again in the Elite Eight by a score of 85-77.