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The 2000s... what a decade for UW hoops

The 2000s will be remembered for many things in the sporting world, the Patriots dynasty, Lance Armstrong and the good and bad Tiger. But closer to home, the "Aughts" will be thought of fondly as the resurrection of Wisconsin men's basketball.

From 2000 thru 2009, UW compiled a record of 230-94 (.710) overall and a 112-53 (.679) mark in Big Ten play. The decade began with Dick Bennett guiding his squad on a magical ride to the 2000 Final Four in Indianapolis and closed with current head coach Bo Ryan taking the program to heights previously unimagined.

To understand how impressive UW's success in the 2000s has been, compare the past 10 years with previous decades:

Decade     Overall              Big Ten
2000s        230-94 (.710)       112-53 (.679)
1990s        154-144 (.517)      69-107 (.392)
1980s        120-166 (.420)      49-131 (.272)

Consider some of the achievements:
- Three Big Ten regular season titles
- Two Big Ten tournament championships
- Second-most Big Ten wins with 112
- Third-most wins overall among Big Ten teams with 230
- NCAA tournament all 10 years
- One Final Four, one Elite Eight and a pair of Sweet 16s
- Seven first-team all-Big Ten awards
- Nine 1,000-point scorers
- Two all-Americans

The 2000s have been good to UW. A new chapter begins at Penn State on Jan. 3, 2010.