The Badger men's basketball team should continue to be the object of state pride as well as national attention, even though their unprecedented 17-game winning street finally came to an end Wednesday in Bloomington, Indiana. All the hoopla certainly created a scene at Assembly Hall, where Hoosier fans held Wisconsin in such esteem that they rushed the floor after the home team won the game.
Many observers had cited that game and an upcoming trip to Columbus as the most likely candidates for a Badger loss, matches that would significantly determine the outcome of the Big Ten standings come early March.
The Badgers' next test comes against Northwestern at the Kohl Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, when they'll look to start a brand-new winning streak in the second half of the Big Ten season. All games at the arena begin similarly, with a procession of players and flags entering the court to the tune of "On Wisconsin."
A video clip of the Badgers taking the court at the Kohl Center follows below, along with more than a dozen perspectives on the rush at Assembly Hall.
As Wisconsin looks ahead to the rest of the season, many Hoosiers fans are looking back, flooding the ether with clips of ecstatic fans rushing the court following their upset over the second-ranked Badgers. There are well over a dozen, count 'em, videos of the madness available for viewing: one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, and thirteen, not to mention two other clips (here and here) depicting a big chunk of the game. Not even the Mooninite hysteria in Boston could keep the Hoosiers' spirits down.
By far the most popular recent online video having to do with Badger basketball is an ESPN clip that features head coach Bo Ryan performing the hambone (or juba dance). "The man excels at everything," wrote one fan.