No disrespect to the Wisconsin football team, which advanced to its second consecutive Rose Bowl, but the Badger men’s cross country team highlighted the school’s 2011-12 athletic year. The Badgers took their 13th consecutive Big Ten title, posting the second-lowest team score in history (17), and won the NCAA crown, the Big Ten’s first since 2005. Along the way, Mohammed Ahmed set a Big Ten record 8K time (23:18) at Big Ten Championship and won Big Ten Athlete of the Year, while Mick Byrne won Big Ten Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year.
Catch Wisconsin Day on BTN all day Monday. View our programming schedule for the list of shows, games and features to be shown on Wisconsin Day. Future Wisconsin Days include: July 11 and July 31.
Other Wisconsin highlights from the 2011-12 athletic year:
- Football won the first Leaders Division crown, took the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game and advanced to its second consecutive Rose Bowl; Montee Ball scored a Big Ten-record 34 touchdowns and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.
- Basketball made its 14th consecutive NCAA tourney and advanced to its second straight Sweet 16, where it lost to No.1 seed Syracuse.
- Women’s soccer senior Michele Dalton earned Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year.
- Men’s track and field rallied for the Big Ten crown, its first since 2007; Ed Nuttycombe won his 21st Big Ten Coach of the Year honor; sophomore Japheth Cato won Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year.
- Women’s hockey advanced to the national championship game, where it fell to rival Minnesota; junior Briana Decker won the 2012 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the third Badger in the last four seasons to do so.
Shows/games featured on BTN during Wisconsin Day:
Big Ten Icons: Barry Alvarez
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Football – 1999 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. UCLA
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games: Football – 2009 Champs Sports Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Miami
BTN Football Game of the Week: Big Ten Championship Game – Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
Big Ten Football Replay: Ohio State at Wisconsin – 2010
Big Ten Basketball Replay: Ohio State at Wisconsin – 2/12/11
Big Ten Basketball Replay: Wisconsin at Ohio State – 2/26/12
2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championship
2010 Big Ten Rowing Championship