Former UW men's basketball players

Former University of Wisconsin men's basketball players pose for a photo during a special Alumni Day ceremony at halftime of the Badgers' game against the Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at the Kohl Center in Madison. 

CHRIS DOYLE, STATE JOURNAL

The University of Wisconsin honored former Badgers men’s basketball players on Alumni Day during halftime of Sunday’s game against Michigan.

After introducing a few dozen former players, UW welcomed the 2007-08 men’s team for a halftime celebration that featured a video retrospective of that Badgers’ team, which won 31 games and the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles.

After embracing and swaying during a performance of “Varsity,” all of the former players gathered for a group picture behind the 2007-08 Big Ten Conference trophy and the 2008 Big Ten Tournament trophy.

Badgers football players join UW dancers

A group of Badgers football players joined the UW Dance Team for a dance routine early in the first half. The performance included some musical nods to the Badgers’ December Orange Bowl victory over the Miami Hurricanes in Southern Florida.

The musical medley accompanying the performance included Will Smith’s “Miami” and DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” and of course it wouldn’t have been complete without including House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”

One exciting moment came when Badgers nose tackle Olive Sagapolu did the splits while jumping, drawing cheers from the crowd. 

Mike McCarthy takes in game

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy took in the game, sitting directly behind the Badgers bench. Though fairly subdued through most of the game, he did join the crowd in cheering on the Badgers during a 12-0 run midway through the second half.

McCarthy, sporting a hat and black NFL-branded pullover, took some time to pose for a photo with some young fans and later drew a round of applause from the crowd when he was shown on the overhead video board with just over 3 minutes left in the game.

2018 recruits in attendance

A pair of 2018 Badgers men’s basketball recruits, Joe Hedstrom and Taylor Currie, were at the Kohl Center to watch the game against the Wolverines.

Hedstrom, a 6-foot-10 center from Minnesota, orally committed to the Badgers back in October. He received a 4-for-5 offer from Wisconsin, meaning he will be a walk-on his first season before going on scholarship in the 2019-20 season.

Currie, a 6-foot-9 forward from Michigan, signed a letter of intent with UW in November following a complicated recruiting process. He originally had an oral commitment to join Michigan in 2019, but shortly after that he announced he would graduate early and reclassify to the 2018 class. With the Wolverines deep at the power forward position, Currie de-committed from Michigan and picked Wisconsin, which he saw as a “perfect fit.”

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