Two days after Greg Gard led Wisconsin to a share of the B1G regular season title, the Badgers head coach has received some serious recognition from USA Today.
On Monday, Gard was named the B1G Coach of the Year by USA Today. The news comes after Wisconsin posted a 60-56 victory over Indiana on the road to finish the B1G season 14-6 and claim a share of the B1G title. It’s the program’s first conference championship under Gard.
Wisconsin experienced a magical turnaround through the second half of the season, after stumbling out of the gate to a 5-5 record. The Badgers even struggled through January, sitting at 12-9 on the year and 5-5 in B1G play entering the month of February. But that’s when the Badgers got things rolling.
Wisconsin won nine of its final 10 games of the regular season, including eight in a row to close out the regular season. The Badgers finished with a 21-10 record and earned the No. 1 overall season in the B1G Tournament. They will have a double-bye and start tournament play on Friday.
Gard completed his fourth full season with Wisconsin, winning his first conference title. He’s now 101-57 during his career with the program.