It’s been a long season for Greg Gard and Wisconsin. The Badgers, a perennial contender in the Big Ten, will almost certainly miss their first NCAA Tournament in 20 years this season.
In the midst of a 10-15 season (3-9 in the Big Ten), Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez discussed the state of the program under Gard earlier this week. Alvarez stood firmly behind the coach, who took over for Bo Ryan in the middle of the 2015-16 season.
“He showed me he can coach that first year. That team, they weren’t hitting on all cylinders, they weren’t playing as a team and he put that team (back) together,” Alvarez told Madison.com. “He started out with a rough stretch but hung with it and flipped that whole thing around. I’m confident in Greg.
“…We’ve got a good coach, we’ve got good facilities and we’ll right the ship. I feel very confident that we will.”
Gard had a 42-18 mark at Wisconsin entering the 2017-18 campaign. But Wisconsin’s season was derailed by some early injuries and has spiraled out of control in the Big Ten slate. The Badgers, who face Illinois on Thursday night, have lost eight of their last nine games.
Gard got an extension with the school last year and is under contract through the 2021-22 season.