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March Madness Meets Catan

During this year’s NCAA Basketball tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers proved that they belonged among the elite teams by upsetting the number 1 seed, the Villanova Wildcats, and earning a trip to the Sweet 16. Reaching that level of competition is a dream come true for some players, but it understandably comes with a lot of pressure as well. As it turns out, a few of the Badgers had their own way of leaving it all on the court by unwinding afterwards while enjoying a game of Catan.

A recent episode of the Badger Sports Report threw the spotlight on Matt Ferris, Aaron Moesch, and Zak Showalter as they explained the appeal of Catan and how it helped them through a challenging season of basketball. “Zak was telling me before practice, ‘I just can’t wait to get home to play Catan,'” recalled Ferris. “We honestly play it more than we probably should. It’s literally an addiction.” Ferris estimated that he and his teammates had played over 100 games together during the season, and spent the equivalent of four or five days invested in Catan.

Showalter was not only one of the best players on the Badgers this season, he was apparently the best Catan player as well. “I say this with a heavy heart, but Zak, you’re the best player,” said Ferris. “You’re the best Settler of Catan. You’re at the top of the leader board, man. We’ve all been chasing you. But we’re coming for you!”

The Badgers were finally defeated by Florida Gators last week, but the players will have more than just their memories on the court to fall back on. While Showalter is graduating this year, perhaps Ferris and Moesch will keep the Catan tradition alive next season.

What do you think about the Badgers’ love of Catan? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Image Credit: Badger Sports Report

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