Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
UW-Madison Archives, 1940-41 Men's Basketball Team

1941 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

NCAA Basketball Tournament History


Read More About It

"Field House Echoes" by Tom Butler

"On Wisconsin: The History of Badger Athletics from 1896-1997" by Jim Mott and Don Kopriva


Vocabulary:

championship
MVP
tournament


Interesting Fact:

The season prior to their championship, the Badgers record was a dismal 5-15. In their first conference game of the championship season, the Badgers did not score a field goal the entire second half.


Study Questions:

  • How many times has the University of Wisconsin won the NCAA basketball championship?
  • Besides Kotz, who were the players on the 1941 championship team?
  • What was Wisconsin's final record at the end of the 1941 season?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the 1941 University of Wisconsin basketball team:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 29:

    1973: The last American troops leave South Vietnam, ending the U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.



  • March 29

    March 29, 1941: The University of Wisconsin's basketball team defeated Washington State, 39 to 34, to win the NCAA championship. Badger star Johnny Kotz was named the MVP of the tournament.


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