The University of Wisconsin honored Aaron Moesch, T.J. Schlundt and Matt Ferris on Sunday, which was Senior Day at the Kohl Center as the Badgers men’s basketball team hosted the second-ranked Michigan State Spartans.
Moesch (No. 5), Schlundt, (20), and Ferris (4) received framed Wisconsin basketball jerseys with their numbers during a presentation before the game, where the team’s student managers were also recognized.
UW brought the seniors back out after the heartbreaking loss to the Spartans for a special postgame celebration with the players and their friends and families.
Wisconsin students at the game also helped celebrate Senior Day, using the free sign-making materials provided by BMO Harris Bank to mark the occasion.
Some of the better Senior Day signs that were spotted included a poster that read “We love our seniors” alongside Nos. 4, 5 and 20, and a two-part sign that said “4 Years, 55+ Games… a lifetime of memories” on one poster and had a collage of student tickets covering the other.
Super Bowl champs in the house
Former UW football players and members of the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl championship team Beau Allen and Chris Maragos were recognized for the role they played in helping the Eagles beat the New England Patriots earlier this month in Super Bowl LII.
Allen, a defensive tackle who played four years for the Badgers from 2010-13, had one solo tackle and one assisted tackle in the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn.
Maragos, a safety, suited up for UW in 2008 and 2009. The two players were introduced to the Kohl Center crowd during the second half and took footballs from Bucky, autographed them before throwing the balls to fans in the student section.
Student misses half-court shot
UW student Logan Klein, who won Grateful Red’s contest for best student sign of the season, had a chance to win $500 by making a half-court shot during the first half, but her underhanded toss fell far short.
The sign that won Klein the opportunity read “Cry me a Reuvers,” in reference to Badgers freshman forward Nate Reuvers. She beat out Julia Laasch’s sign that said “Michigan likes the new Snapchat,” which was in reference to an update to the popular social media app. The contest was held on Twitter, where Klein drew 110 retweets to Laasch’s 79 likes.
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The @BMOHarrisBank signs with the most votes from the season are going head to head, @JuliaLaasch vs. @__loganklein.— Grateful Red (@GratefulRedUW) February 21, 2018
The sign with the most votes will have a chance to shoot a half court shot on Sunday for a chance to win $500! Fav for A, RT for B. Voting closes Friday at noon. pic.twitter.com/8wgdp8BYuH
Kids get free Bucky bank
The first 2,000 kids at the Kohl Center on Sunday could pick up a free Bucky Badger coin bank. The giveaway, which was presented by Kohl’s, was available to kids ages 12 and under, but more than a few adults could be overheard desiring one of their own.
Students give Spartans a hard time
With Michigan State one of a number of prominent college basketball programs featured in a Yahoo! Sports investigation, students at the game didn’t hesitate to reference the scandal that broke last week.
Fans in the student section could be heard chanting “FBI, FBI, FBI” and, when Spartans star guard Miles Bridges was shooting free throws, “Cheater, cheater, cheater.”
An investigation by Michigan State and the NCAA cleared Bridges to play in Sunday's game after reports claimed his mother may have received money from a man associated with a professional basketball agent.
Spartans head coach Tom Izzo and associate head coach Dwayne Stephens were also named in the Yahoo story about a wide-reaching FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.
Famous faces in the crowd
Also spotted at Sunday’s game were UW football coach Paul Chryst, and former Badgers basketball players Michael Finley and Tracy Webster.
Pritzl switches jerseys
Badgers guard Brevin Pritzl was forced to change jerseys, and numbers, after getting blood on his uniform. Normally wearing No. 1, his replacement jersey was No. 51.
Students put newspapers to use
Fans in the student section found newspapers covering their seats when they got to the arena Sunday.
The Twitter account for Grateful Red, the official student section of the men's team, asked students to hold up the papers as the Spartans' starters were introduced then tear the newspapers up, and then finally throw the scraps in the air as confetti when the Badgers scored their first basket. But the confetti tossing didn't end there, with students continuing to throw it in the air after key plays in the second half.
At today’s Senior Day game, each student section seat has a newspaper on it. Here’s what we need you to do:— Grateful Red (@GratefulRedUW) February 25, 2018
1. Hold up the newspapers during MSU’s starting line up.
2. Tear the newspaper up.
3. Throw the pieces up in the air after the first Wisconsin made basket. pic.twitter.com/n2EB8z8d0m