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MADISON, Wis. - For the 17th-straight season, the Wisconsin men's basketball team will be dancing in March. That streak, tied for the fourth-longest active streak in the country, is impressive on its own.

However, when coupled with the success of the football team since Barry Alvarez took over in 1990, the results are amazing. The Badgers have participated in a bowl game and made the NCAA tournament every year since 2002-03. That run of 13 straight seasons of going bowling and playing in the tourney is by far the longest streak in the country.

Big Ten rival Michigan State has the second-longest streak in the country at eight-straight seasons. After that, Louisville and San Diego State have put together five-year runs. But no other school in the country has done it for more than four consecutive years.

If you wanted to go back even further, since the 1996-97 season, UW has played in 18 bowl games and 18 NCAA tournaments. That combined 36 postseason appearances also leads the nation. Coming in at No. 2 is Texas, with 34 total appearances (17 bowl games and 17 NCAA tourneys), followed by Florida with 33 (19 bowl games and 14 NCAA tourneys).

Individually, the Badgers boasted two of their respective sports' best in Melvin Gordon and Frank Kaminsky. If, as expected, Kaminsky is named a finalist for the John Wooden Award, Wisconsin would be the only school in the country to have multiple Heisman Trophy and Wooden Award finalists since 2006-07. Kaminsky would join Alando Tucker, a 2007 Wooden finalist, while Gordon and Montee Ball have both been Heisman finalists in the last four years.

Maintaining the Badgers' high level of success in both sports simply isn't done anywhere else.

GOING STREAKING
Wisconsin's football team has qualified for a bowl game and its men's basketball team has earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament for 13 consecutive years (every year since the start of the 2002 season). That is the longest streak in the country, five years longer than Michigan State's streak, which is the second-longest.
       *   Wisconsin - 13 years (2002-03 to 2014-15)
       *   Michigan State - 8 years (2007-08 to 2014-15)
       *   Louisville - 5 years (2010-11 to 2014-15)
       *   San Diego State - 5 years (2010-11 to 2014-15)

POSTSEASON PARTY
Since the start of the 1996 season, UW's football and men's basketball teams have combined for more bowl appearances and NCAA Tournament appearances than ANY OTHER school in the country.
       *   Wisconsin - 36 (18 bowl games, 18 NCAA tournaments)
       *   Texas - 34 (17 bowl games, 17 NCAA tournaments)
       *   Florida - 33 (19 bowl games, 14 NCAA tournaments)

BIG TEN'S BEST
Wisconsin had both the Chicago Tribune Silver Football (Big Ten MVP) winner (Melvin Gordon) and the player of the year in men's basketball (Frank Kaminsky). That has only happened eight other times in Big Ten history and just once in the last 33 years (Indiana in 2001-02: Antwaan Randle El and Jared Jeffries).

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All this success has not gone unnoticed. Frank Kaminsky graces the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, marking the eighth time in the last calendar year that a Badger has been featured on the cover of the preeminent sports magazine. Kaminsky himself has been on the cover three times since last March, making him the only athlete, college or pro, to be featured on the cover more than twice in that time.

In addition to Kaminsky, Melvin Gordon appeared on the cover in November, Josh Gasser was featured with Kaminsky when the Badgers made the Final Four and former UW athletes Russell Wilson (twice), J.J. Watt and Ryan McDonough have been cover boys.


Badger Rewind: Outback Bowl

Badgers react to Outback Bowl win

One final practice and one for the fans



Photo Gallery: One Last Practice

Rain in the Tampa area forced the Badgers inside for their final practice of the season, a spirited and productive session held at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. It also kept the team from its scheduled appointment at Clearwater Beach for the annual Outback Bowl Beach Day.

That rain did not keep Badgers fans from turning out to show their support, however, as many in red and white made their way to Channelside to enjoy a performance from the UW band and spirit squad, as well as some words of thanks from seniors Rob Havenstein and Marcus and Michael Trotter.

Monday Twitter chat recap

Today in Tampa: Hockey and bowling



Splitsville Bowling photo gallery

The week has started a little slowly for the Badgers in the score column. So far, in the two official Outback Bowl competitions, UW has come up short. Luckily the only score that counts is the one from the field on Thursday. Senior WR Kenzel Doe has a theory on that.

Badgers + Packers = everyone wins!

Photos from practice No. 2 in Tampa

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Practice No. 2 photo gallery

Badgers, Tigers hook up for post-practice activities

Hospital visit photo gallery


When practice ended for Wisconsin and Auburn on Saturday, players from the two teams got together to visit patients at nearby Tampa General Hospital. Representing the Badgers were Sam Arneson, Josh Harrison, Rob Havenstein, Warren Herring, Jake Keefer, Leo Musso, Joel Stave, Eric Steffes, Derek Watt and Konrad Zagzebski.

The players spent about an hour at the hospital, posing for pictures, signing autographs and passing out Outback Bowl souvenirs.

Tampa Bay Lightning game photo gallery


About 60 Badgers then headed took the quick walk from the Westin Harbour Island over to Amalie Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Carolina Panthers. Three Badgers, James McGuire, Jack Russell and Derek Straus were selected to participate in an on-ice shooting contest during the second intermission. Despite being decked out in their brand-new hockey-style Wisconsin sweatshirts, the Badger trio fell to their opponents from Auburn.

Sunday, the Badgers were back on the practice field. The rest of the day included watching the Packers take on the Detroit Lions with the NFC Central on the line and another joint team outing with Auburn, this time at Splittsville, a local bowling-themed restaurant with actual bowling alleys. There are rumors of another competition tonight, so hopefully the Badgers can exact some revenge.

For all the insight on the Badgers' bowl week in Tampa, follow @BadgerFootball on Twitter or the BadgerFootball Instagram account.

Also be sure to check out BOWL CENTRAL if you are heading to Florida for the game.

Badgers get to work



Photo Gallery: Outback Bowl Practice

Sunshine and 80-degree temperatures greeted the Badgers on their first full day in Tampa. And what better way to work off the hundreds of pounds of food consumed last night at the Outback Steakhouse Team Dinner than by practicing for 90 minutes in the hot sun.



Following a Saturday morning consisting of breakfast and position meetings, the Badgers made the short drive from the team hotel to the University of Tampa. The 16-period practice started around noon local time and included about a 20-minute scrimmage session.

"It was a good work day," head coach Barry Alvarez said. "I wanted to have a little scrimmage so guys could get their pads set, and get back into the flow of playing physical football after having some time off. I thought we accomplished that and the guys had a lot of energy."

A number of former Badgers who are living in the Tampa area came out to practice, including John Hall, Jason Maniecki, Kenny Stills and Jerry Wunsch. They each addressed the team afterwards, talking about how special it was to be a Badger and how proud they were of the current team's accomplishments.



Following practice, a group of about 10 Badgers, including tackle Rob Havenstein, defensive tackle Warren Herring, quarterback Joel Stave and fullnback Derek Watt were off to Tampa General Hospital to visit some sick kids. Tonight, about 60 members of the team will make the short walk to Amalie Arena to watch the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Carolina Hurricanes. James McGuire, Jack Russell and Derek Straus are tentatively scheduled to take on three members of the Auburn Tigers in a contest during the second intermission. Check back to the blog tonight for video.

For all the insight on the Badgers' bowl week in Tampa, follow @BadgerFootball on Twitter or the BadgerFootball Instagram account.

Also be sure to check out BOWL CENTRAL if you are heading to Florida for the game.
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