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Wisconsin's record-breaking two-year run will long be remembered

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WKOW) -- The Badgers season of triumph ended in tears, but their legacy will long be remembered. From their 36 wins, to their back to back Final Fours, this core group of Badgers rewrote the record book.

"With the records they've been telling us we'll definitely be one of the best teams in Wisconsin basketball history," Wisconsin sophomore Nigel Hayes said.

A group of overachievers personified by their leader, a 7-foot bench-warmer transformed into the best player in the country.

"What he did in his years at Wisconsin will be remembered for a long time," Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said.

This team didn't just win games, they won fans over with their laid back attitude.

"That's what makes it the toughest to swallow the close knit group that we had," Wisconsin senior Duje Dukan said.

"Those guys were my family and I mean that literally, I don't mean that hypothetically. I've never been closer to a group of guys in my entire life," Wisconsin senior Frank Kaminsky said.

"It's true when you say it's a brotherhood because you're with these guys all year and you never want to let it go," Wisconsin junior Sam Dekker said.

"I hope we're remembered as good dudes who worked their tails off for each other who did stuff the right way. Guys who wanted to win, wanted to have fun doing it and we accomplished a lot," Wisconsin senior Josh Gasser said.

These jokesters had a serious goal, to make the world believe Wisconsin belongs among the national elite.
Even without a trophy, their mission was accomplished.

"We turned a lot of people into believers, but it's tough when you go out like this," Dukan said.

"It's a great group of guys, we really tried to show there's nothing impossible for those who believe," Wisconsin senior  Traevon Jackson said.

"Being at the Final Four two straight years, national championship, in the past we've been underestimated, overlooked, stuff like that," Wisconsin sophomore Bronson Koenig said.

"I think we've put ourselves on the radar as one of those powerhouse team," Hayes said.

This senior class departs with the most wins ever over a career after posting an amazing 66-12 record over
the past two seasons.
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