2016 ScheduleAll times ET

2016 Schedule
22-13, 3rd in Big Ten
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3-Point Shot: Two big stars returning to college (1:42)
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Richter: Coming back benefits Hayes and UW

Former Wisconsin athletic director Pat Richter reacts to the news of Nigel Hayes staying for his senior season & talks about what he thinks the expectations are for him.

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Hayes will return to UW for senior season

Sweet 16? Final Four? What are the expectations for this year's Wisconsin Badgers basketball team now that Nigel Hayes will be back? Greg, Tony, and Chris react to the news.

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Wisconsin returns leading scorer

Nigel Hayes announced he has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to Wisconsin for his senior season. Hayes led the Badgers in points and assists last season.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nigel Hayes is returning to Wisconsin. He said in a text: "It was better to work on the skills I would need a year in the NBA a year in advance, rather than three months prior. As a byproduct of that, next year I presume my stock will be higher as well." Hayes' return will likely make the Badgers a top 15 team and a Big Ten title contender after reaching the Sweet 16 under new coach Greg Gard.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nigel Hayes is returning to Wisconsin. He said in a text: "It was better to work on the skills I would need a year in the NBA a year in advance, rather than three months prior. As a byproduct of that, next year I presume my stock will be higher as well." Hayes' return will likely make the Badgers a top 15 team and a Big Ten title contender after reaching the Sweet 16 under new coach Greg Gard.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes worked out for the Celtics today. He has three more workouts (Phoenix, Utah, NY) and then he will wait to hear "and if it's not (what he wants) then I will go back to college and be the best player in college basketball."

Back to school for Hayes?

Nigel Hayes Jr. struggled down the stretch for the Badgers, and now he's a guy who could go undrafted -- if he decides to stay in the draft. Jeff Goodman calls this one a "no-brainer." Will they stay or will they go (Insider)

Report: Hayes still undecided for draft

Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes has yet to decide whether he'll enter the NBA draft or return for his senior season with the Badgers. "I'm still at the combine, so right now I really don't have a percentage," Hayes said when asked how likely he is to return to Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Hayes' future with the Wisconsin Badgers

After day one of the NBA Combine and chatting with ESPN's Andy Katz, Nigel Hayes is still undecided on returning to UW for his senior season. What should he do?

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

"I'm Nigel Hayes, ready to answer your questions." Frank Kaminsky had some fun with the media at the draft combine.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

As we get ready for the NBA Draft combine today here in Chicago at 3 ET on ESPN2, one player -- among many -- who must play well to stay in the draft is Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes, according to a number of team decision makers.

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What's the goal for Hayes at the combine?

Former Badgers athletic director Pat Richter thinks Nigel Hayes will get feedback at the NBA combine, return to UW and contribute this season. Plus, NBA/NHL playoff action.

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25dJohn Gasaway

The 10 best offensive showings of the past decade

Villanova's scoring barrages in the NCAA tournament were nearly off the charts and rival the best outings of the past decade, including blowouts by Ohio State, Syracuse and, yes, even DePaul.

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26dJeff Borzello

Biggest recruiting questions facing new coaches

Can Josh Pastner keep top talent in Georgia? Will Tubby Smith change his recruiting philosophy at Memphis? New coaches face some difficult questions.

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Champ Nova to open Gavitt Games vs. Purdue

The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.

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Should Nigel Hayes return to Wisconsin? (1:44)
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WIll Hayes head back to Wisconsin?

The Badgers certainly hope so. Nigel Hayes wasn't a rock for Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament, but there's no question he'd be huge for a team that could bring back all of its players from last year's Sweet 16 squad. Draft decisions that could change CBB (Insider)

Team Stats

Points Per Game56.3
Rebounds Per Game37.0
Assists Per Game9.7
Points Allowed55.72nd

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Tournament History

Final Fours4
Tournament Record36-21
Championship Seasons1941
Tournament Appearances22