Badgers credit success to shocking loss to Carleton

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after he cuts down the net after defeating the...

Traevon Jackson of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after he cuts down the net after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 64-63 in overtime during the West Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Honda Center on March 29, 2014. (Harry How/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

Credit the Carleton Ravens for the Wisconsin Badgers getting this far?

In part, sure. Even the Badgers will say so.

The Ravens hosted Wisconsin last August and were rude hosts, stunning the NCAA squad 95-82, although anyone that follows CIS hoops can’t possibly be surprised by anything Carleton, with 10 titles in the past 12 years under the great Dave Smart, does. His nephew Rob stepped in for that game because Smart was with the Canadian national team.

The Ravens had already beaten Division I teams Towson and Texas Christian before tangling with Bo Ryan’s Badgers and nearly knocked off Syracuse — a team that went on to start its season 25-0 — a couple of days later, eventually falling 69-65.


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