Badgers third in Learfield Sports Directors Cup winter standings


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April 17, 2014

MADISON, Wis. - Powered by final four appearances in men's basketball, women's hockey, and top 20 finishes in three other sports, the Wisconsin athletic department ranks third in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup winter standings with 705 points as the winter seasons conclude.

The Badger men's basketball team's run to the national semifinals was its first Final Four appearance since 2000, and fueled the surge in points. Women's hockey was also a semifinalist in the Frozen Four.

Men's track and field finished 11th in the NCAA Indoor Championships while the women's team had tied for 43rd. The two teams combined to contribute 96.5 points to UW's Directors Cup total.

Wrestling helped collect 58.5 points with its 16th-place finish in the NCAA meet. The women's swimming team exceeded expectations with a 13th-place national finish while the men's swimming team placed 33rd. That was good for 102 Directors Cup points.

The men's hockey team earned 25 points by competing in the NCAA Championship before falling in the quarterfinals. The final winter report concludes with women's gymnastics added April 24.

Stanford continues its lead and has 1082.75 points. Penn State is second with 856 points after winning national championships in fencing and wrestling.

Wisconsin is one of seven Big Ten schools in the top 25 of the rankings, which includes 246 NCAA Division I programs across the nation. After Penn State and Wisconsin, Michigan (5th0650), Minnesota (7th - 632), Michigan State (11th - 617), Nebraska (13th - 564.50) and Ohio State (23rd - 446.75) make up the top seven Big Ten schools.

The first Division I spring standings will be released Thursday, May 23.

Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

The program honors institutions who maintain a broad-based program and achieve success in many sports, both men's and women's. Begun in 1993-94, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to the Junior/Community Colleges.

 Badgers by the Numbers
 8 - Top 20 and 13 Top 25 finishes (18 years)
 10 - Times among top four in Big Ten
 12th - Highest Finish – 1993-94
 41st - Lowest Finish – 2008-09
 3rd - Highest Big Ten Finish – 2006-07, 2004-05, 1993-94
 8th - Lowest Big Ten Finish – 2008-09, 2001-02
 Wisconsin National All-Sports Finishes, by Place 
 Top 5   Top 10   Top 15   Top 20   Top 25   Top 30+ 
    1993-94 (12th) 2007-08 (18th) 2009-10 (21st) 2012-13 (29th)
      2006-07 (16th) 2005-06 (22nd) 2011-12 (26th)
      2004-05 (19th) 2002-03 (25th) 2010-11 (26th)
      2000-01 (20th) 1998-99 (25th) 2008-09 (41st)
      1999-00 (17th) 1996-97 (24th) 2003-04 (26th)
      1995-96 (18th)   2001-02 (33rd)
      1994-95 (17th)   1997-98 (34th)
 UW Annual Finishes in National All-Sports Rankings, by Year 
Year Overall Big Ten Points Fall-Pl/Points Winter-PL/Points
2013-14 TBD TBD TBD 7th/262 3rd/705
2012-13 29th 6th 672.5 36th/140 23rd/471
2011-12 26th 6th 685.0 14th/192 10th/582
2010-11 26th 5th 706.25 20th/204.75 9th/610.25
2009-10 21st 4th 811 21st/191.5 9th/607.5
2008-09 41st 8th 535.5 34th/137 21st/488.5
2007-08 18th 4th 829.5 17th/212 8th/628
2006-07 16th 3rd 913.25 T4th/309 3rd/753.5
2005-06 22nd 4th 662 5th/277 3rd/616
2004-05 19th 3rd 686.75 10th/251 4th/626.75
2003-04 26th 6th 592.75 24th/162 11th/548.75
2002-03 25th 5th 579 12th/226 10th/523
2001-02 33rd 8th 575 27th/121 23rd/391
2000-01 20th 4th 671.5 3rd/281 3rd/641.5
1999-00 17th 4th 661.5 5th/270 7th/625
1998-99 25th 5th 300 5th/150 13th/270
1997-98 34th 7th 250 14th/100 23rd/220
1996-97 24th 5th 505 6th/221 14th/400.5
1995-96 18th 4th 530 5th/222.5 7th/465.5
1994-95 17th 4th 541.5 4th/226.5 6th/541.5
1993-94 12th 3rd 499.5 3rd/273.5 6th/565.5



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