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Wisconsin Badgers Notch Top-25 Finish in Directors’ Cup Standings



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Dec 3, 2018; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers mascot Bucky Badger entertains the fans during the game with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Kohl Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin Badgers fans were once again treated with competitive teams year-round. The Learfield Directors’ Cup released its final standings Wednesday. The award “honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports.” With top finishes in several sports, UW finished as one of the best athletic departments in the country.

Wisconsin Badgers Finish 25th in 2024 Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings

Wisconsin Badgers women's hockey players celebrate a goal in a victory to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament Frozen Four

The Wisconsin women’s hockey players surround Sarah Wozniewicz after she scored a goal early in the third period of the Badgers’ 4-0 victory over St. Lawrence in a NCAA regional final at LaBahn Arena in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday March 16, 2024.

Following the conclusion of the 2024 Men’s College World Series, the Learfield Directors’ Cup released its final standings for the 2023-24 academic year. Texas captured the top spot for the third time in four years. Stanford, which captured the first 25-consecutive Division I Directors’ Cup awards, finished second.

The Wisconsin Badgers finished 25th in the Directors’ Cup race. A few spots ahead of UW were Big Ten foes Nebraska, at #22, and Penn State, at #23. Wisconsin finished fifth overall among Big Ten teams, with Michigan finishing #8 and Ohio State #15 nationally.

UW’s Top-Scoring Directors Cup Teams

Wisconsin Badgers Volleyball is heading to the Final Four

Wisconsin celebrates their victory over Oregon in the NCAA Regional Volleyball Finals on Saturday December 9, 2023 at the UW Field House in Madison, Wis.

UW’s men’s cross country, women’s volleyball, and women’s ice hockey programs powered it to its best Directors’ Cup finish since 2021-22. In its 61st appearance in the NCAA Championships – the most of any program all-time – the Badgers men’s cross country team finished tenth. The women’s volleyball program fell to the Texas Longhorns in the national semifinals and the women’s hockey team lost 1-0 to Ohio State in the national title game.

With the 25th-place finish, the Wisconsin Badgers improved their 27th-place ranking from a year ago. Two years ago, Wisconsin finished 24th.

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BadgerNotes' resident college basketball sicko, Kedrick Stumbris covers Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball and women's hockey teams unlike anyone else. He received his B.A. with economics and political science majors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 and has had his work published on Bleacher Report and Verbal Commits.