Greatest sports moments in Bradley Center history

Wisconsin won the NCAA Hockey National Championship in 2006 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:12 pm

  1. Wisconsin wins hockey national championship
    The Bradley Center hosted the NCAA men’s hockey championship, the “Frozen Four” three times. The last time, in 2006, the University of Wisconsin beat Boston College to win the national championship. The Badgers held on for a 2-1 win as a Boston College shot hit the post with less than two seconds left.
  2. Bucks’ ‘Big Three’ run to the Eastern Conference Finals
    The Milwaukee Bucks’ best season at the Bradley Center was in 2000-’01. Led by the “Big Three” (Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Sam Cassell), the Bucks made it to the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to Philadelphia in a seven-game series.
  3. Marquette wins Conference USA
    On March 8, 2003, led by Dwyane Wade, Marquette men’s basketball defeated Cincinnati at the Bradley Center to clinch the Conference USA regular season championship. The Golden Eagles would later advance to the Final Four.
  4. Georgia Tech buzzer-beater win in NCAA tournament
    The Bradley Center was an NCAA men’s basketball tournament host site seven times. The most thrilling ending to those games was James Forest’s buzzer-beating three-point shot in 1992, giving Georgia Tech a one point upset over USC to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.
  5. Marquette beats No. 1 ranked Villanova
    Marquette stormed back from a 15-point halftime deficit to knock off No. 1 ranked defending national champion Villanova in 2017. Fans stormed the court at the Bradley Center for a raucous post-game celebration.
  6. Marquette beats No. 2 ranked UConn
    Playing in its first game in the Big East, Marquette showed it could handle one of college basketball’s toughest conferences when it beat No. 2 ranked UConn in 2006.
  7. Wisconsin beats Oregon in NCAA tournament
    With the Bradley Center packed with Badgers fans, Wisconsin beat Oregon in the NCAA tournament in 2014 to advance to the Sweet 16. The Badgers would make it all the way to the Final Four.
  8. Bucks beat Hawks in playoffs
    The Bucks have only advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs twice in the Bradley Center era. Besides the 2001 Eastern Conference Finals run, the only other time they advanced was in 1989, the team’s first season at the Bradley Center. The Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, but then were swept by the Detroit Pistons.
  9. Marquette Big East co-champs
    Marquette finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Big East in 2013. The season included four victories at the Bradley Center over ranked teams. Marquette advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
  10. Bucks beat Bulls in playoff game on buzzer-beater
    The Bucks have not had a lot of playoff success at the Bradley Center. But one of the most memorable games was a buzzer-beater victory over the Chicago Bulls in game four of their 2015 series. But the Bulls went on to win the series in six.
  11. Bucks win five OT game
    In 1989, the Bucks beat the Seattle Supersonics 155-154 in a five overtime game at the Bradley Center. It remains one of the longest games in NBA history.
  12. Bucks end Golden State record winning streak
    In 2015, the Golden State Warriors began the season with a record 24-game winning streak to start a season. But that streak was halted on Dec. 12 of that year at the Bradley Center by a 108-95 Bucks win that thrilled a capacity crowd.
  13. MU beats Notre Dame on buzzer beater
    Notre Dame is Marquette’s oldest basketball rival. One of Marquette’s most exciting Bradley Center wins came in 2006, when a last-second Steve Novak three pointer beat the Irish and thrilled a sellout crowd.
  14. Admirals win Calder Cup
    The Milwaukee Admirals won the Calder Cup in 2004, the championship of the American Hockey League.
  15. Wave championships
    The Milwaukee Wave won three championships while playing at the Bradley Center. They won the National Professional Soccer League in 1997-’98, 1999-’00 and 2000-’01.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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