September 21, 2014

Shining Moments in Badger History: Joe Franklin

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March 2, 1968. During Team Captain Joe Franklin’s final season at Wisconsin, the Purdue Boiler Makers traveled to Madison to take on the Badgers and Franklin pulled down a career high 27 rebounds in that game. It was nothing too surprising for a player who had become known for knowing exactly where the ball was going to be.

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Bill Scott talked to Franklin’s coach John Erickson, who remembers Franklin as a force.

“He was the great rebounder. Joe loved that style. He was a joy to coach. He loved the game. He understood the game. He loved to rebound. He was just a player. We let him play. And it didn’t matter who he played against, he was Joe Franklin and I’ll tell ya, they had their hands full with him.”

Franklin’s rebounds helped the Badgers secure a 104-84 win over the Boilermakers. He ended his collegiate basketball career one week later having accumulated 858 boards for what is still a school record at 11.9 rebounds a game. That year, Franklin was also chosen as a first team All-Big Ten selection after securing another school record with 544 points. Franklin went on to play for the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Shining Moments in Badger History: Beating Boston College for 6th NCAA Hockey Title

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April 8, 2006. The Badgers skated onto Bradley Center ice with some much earned confidence. Wisconsin was at the end of a stellar season that included an outdoor game at Lambeau, a win against Ohio State and sweeps of North Dakota and biggest rival Minnesota, and the triple overtime game at Green Bay that sent the Badgers to the Frozen Four. All that stood in the way was Boston College.

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It was a tight game. The Eagles jumped out to an early lead. But the Badgers would battle back with Robbie Earl tying the game shortly into the second. Then at 9:32 into the third quarter, senior Tom Gilbert’s goal put the Badgers back on top where they would stay, beating Boston College 2-1 and earning their sixth national title and first since 1990.

“Good teams are always going to push back and we took advantage of a power play late in the game and made it count,” said Gilbert, continuing, “I think what should be mentioned in that same breath is that there was a tremendous will. The will of that team was just as impressive as the skill.”

That year was etched into the history books for Wisconsin as the Badger women’s ice hockey team also took the 2006 NCAA Title.

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Shining Moments in Badger History: Victory at inaugural Big Ten Championship game

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December 3, 2011.  The Badgers headed to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the first ever Big Ten Championship game in the conference’s 115 year history.  15th ranked Wisconsin had met 11th ranked Michigan State once earlier in the season with the Spartans claiming victory on a last second “Hail Mary” pass play 37-31.

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The Badgers scored first, but the lead didn’t last and the Spartans managed to stay on top into the second half until just under four minutes to play.  That’s when Badger quarterback Russell Wilson threw one up for grabs on 4th down and Jeff Duckworth  came down with a 36-yard reception setting up Wisconsin’s game winning touchdown, a 7-yard run by Montee Ball with 3:45 left to play.

Coach Bret Bielema had this to say about the play, “To get the satisfaction to beat Michigan State, to earn our way there, a common saying that we’ve been using…is those who have been humbled will be exalted, those who have been exalted will be humbled, and I thought that play right there gave justice to everything.”

The 42-39 win earned the Badgers a birth in the 2012 Rose Bowl, the second of three straight appearances for Wisconsin.

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Shining Moments in Badger History: Stu Jackson

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After Wisconsin men’s basketball won the national championship in 1941 the team struggled for decades. The program spent 42 years without a post season appearance and eked out fewer than 10 winning seasons. Then came former New York Knicks head coach Stu Jackson in 1992. Jackson implemented an up tempo offense earning Wisconsin it’s first top 25 ranking in 16 years. And in 1993, Jackson’s new look Badgers received Wisconsin’s first NCAA tournament bid in 47 years.

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Athletic Director Pat Richter hired Jackson, who had been one of the youngest coaches in NBA history, bringing new energy to Wisconsin.

“I think people were a little bit surprised we were able to attract someone of his caliber to Wisconsin,” he said, “Stu really was kind of a catalyst for getting us…on the map, so to speak.”

After Jackson’s success with the Badgers he returned to the NBA as general manager for the Vancouver Grizzlies. He was later named Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA.

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Shining Moments in Badger History: ’77 NCAA Hockey Title

The Badgers won their first national championship at the 1973 Frozen Four. But, it was Coach Bob Johnson’s 1977 team that became the cornerstone of what would be a hockey dynasty. The ’77 Badgers powered through the season behind the efforts of Mike Eaves, Mark Johnson, Craig Norwich, Julian Baretta and Steve Alley. The successful year came to a climax with the NCAA Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines.

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Wisconsin scored the first three goals, which came from Steve Alley (two minutes in), Dave Herbst (seven minutes later) and Mark Johnson (15 minutes into the period). Michigan got on the board a minute after Johnson scored. With the score 3 – 1 Badgers, everyone was feeling pretty confident. Then, early in the second period, Michigan scored again. But, Wisconsin’s Mike Meeker retaliated about two minutes after to put the score at 4-2. Mark Johnson added another goal early in the third to give the Badgers a 3 goal advantage (5-2) but then Michigan marched back. The Wolverines scored two goals in early minutes and then, with about five and a half minutes remaining in the game, Michigan scored again and sent the game to overtime. Michigan’s come back was stopped 23 seconds into overtime as Steve Alley knocked in the game winner.

AUDIO: Steve Alley describes the game-winning shot.

Steve Alley played left wing for the Badgers. He told our Bill Scott that he remembers “every minute, every second of that game.” He said it was only 23 seconds from the face off to the goal. But, it was a long 23 seconds. The goal was Alley’s 9th game winner o the season. When asked what it felt like to hit the game winner in the Championship, he said, “It was the coolest thing I’ve ever done.”

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