After opening their season with two impressive wins, Badgers fans had their celebrations curbed by the echoes of haters who asked, "Yeah, but who have they played?" Those doubters were silenced on Saturday.
While fans from across the state were forced to watch the team's season opener in South Florida from home last weekend, Bucky Nation welcomed the Badgers back to Madison with a day full of tailgating, drinking, cookouts and, of course, four quarters of college football.
What's Cover 5? Simple. It's a combination of a standard office pool pick 'em, along with some elements of Vegas-style point spread watching - Cover 5 gives you and your friends the ability to pick teams each week to win
Just as quickly as the tides were rising on next year's potential, they came crashing down just as swiftly with the sudden and shocking news that brothers Sam and Joey Hauser will transfer from the program.
Marquette and Wisconsin's Final Four hopes were gone in the blink of an eye after both teams fell victim to the dreaded 12-5 upset in their opening rounds, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy some March Madness this weekend.
The Madness is finally here, and in their return to the NCAA tournament after a one-year hiatus, the two flagship schools of America's Dairyland have been rewarded with one of the most precarious positions in sports: the dreaded 5-12 matchup.
Marquette was riding high for almost the entirety of the 2018-19 campaign, but entering conference tournament week, it is the Badgers who have surprisingly solidified their standing in the eyes of the selection committee.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are piloting the hoops revolution in Milwaukee, but the Marquette men's and women's basketball teams are certainly doing their part to elevate the Wisconsin winter sports scene.
John Willkom may not be a house-hold name in Marquette basketball where he was on the team for one year in 2004-05. But his story is good one and his latest book provides a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to play Division 1 basketball.
Joey Hauser is supposed to be leading Stevens Point Area Senior High into the state basketball tournament right now for the fourth straight year. Instead, after an ankle injury ended Hauser's season in December, he's enrolled early at Marquette, where he's rehabbing, missing home but confident he made the right decision.
For the final time, Marquette played a meaningful basketball game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, its home since 1988, and what a game it was. The Golden Eagles concluded their regular season on Saturday afternoon against Creighton with a thrilling 85-81 win, closing out the building they spent three decades in with a fitting three-point barrage.
During this undefeated 2017 season, the Badgers and their fans sometimes may have felt they weren't given the national attention or respect they deserved, but they certainly seem to be getting their due now. Wisconsin had 20 players on the All-Big Ten teams.
Why the uptick in media representation for the Golden Eagles? Simple: The Marquette women's basketball team is the best basketball team in Milwaukee in 2017.
When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released, the Badgers were down at No. 9. But the reason no one was surprised or upset about Wisconsin's initial position - strength of schedule - is the same reason it has a great chance of ultimately being among the final four.
It has been three years since the Marquette men's basketball team played a game inside the Al McGuire Center and it's been six years since Marquette has taken on UWM, but all of that will change on Sunday when the Golden Eagles and Panthers meet in an exhibition game for charity.