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Field of 68: Tweeting 68 observations until tip-off

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Back by popular demand, in honor of the 2012 NCAA Tournament's 68 teams, @BadgerMBB will be sending out 68 Tweets with observations and commentary leading up to Thursday's NCAA tournament game between No. 4 Wisconsin and No. 13 Montana.

Patrick Herb and Karl Anderson are in Albuquerque with the team, and you can follow along here to get the updates in real-time.

This page will serve as an archive of all the tweets and will be updated often.

68. Sunrise on the Tarmac, next stop, Albuquerque: http://say.ly/eWE1zlN

67. First mini-crisis... Finding a puzzles page from the newspaper for Bo Ryan. Crisis averted when Barry Alvarez offered his. Whew

66. Bigger deal for Rob Wilson? 30 pts vs IND or being named 1 of Cosmo's hottest guy of March Madness? http://say.ly/SCj1zs0

65. What could possibly grab these guys attention to this extreme? Two words: Mario Kart http://say.ly/xkF1zsq

64. Small world. 1 of Bo Ryan's old HS buddies lives in ABQ & got UW in best gym in town not named The Pit for practice (Sandia).

63. Mike Bruesewitz buries a 3 from right wing during practice... Eerily similar to the dagger vs. K-State. Oh how I love March.

62. After Wilson's 30 game, author @DavidMaraniss sent Bo Ryan a text-Said he likes watching UW players develop @ different times

61. 1st impressions after seeing The Pit: feels a bit like Iowa's Carver, bet this building gets LOUD, is it Thursday yet? http://say.ly/FLU1zzb

60. Sitting in on meeting with CBS. Announcers for Thursday are Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel and Jaime Maggio

59. #Badgers lose communications meeting. Montana staff shows up in suits, UW in polos.

58. National media here with #Badgers in ABQ: @ESPNAndyKatz, @DennisDoddCBS, @ThayerEvansFOX, @SLMandel, @GeorgeDohrmann

57. Will Cherry, Big Sky Defensive POY, expects to guard #Badgers Jordan Taylor, calls his assist-to-TO ratio "out of this world"

56. #Grizzlies Coach Wayne Tinkle jokingly says Freddie Owens has all the pressure on him "he's supposed to know everything"

55. Montana coach Wayne Tinkle on his 7-foot center Derek Selvig playing QB in high school. "It wasn't pretty.

54. Ryan Evans: "Freddie Owens knows our stuff, but we've always got new stuff. So we'll see what happens."

53. #Badgers @DanFahey10 with a microphone. Check back for video http://twitpic.com/8wauia

52. Sioux Falls news station here asking Bo Ryan about @GregStiemsma and @KrabbenhoftJoe. South Dakota Legends

51. @BostonGlobe legend Bob Ryan here covering Harvard, but he was excited to meet "Uncle Bo" as he calls him.

50. Bo Ryan was at The Pit in '83 for Valvano's miracle run. Said he was sitting in the stands with his Dad cheering for NC State

49. Bo Ryan said he wasn't at The Pit in 2000, but he said - while blowing his nose - they had to deal with the same allergies.

48. Asked about @FreddieOwens, Ryan asked, "have u ever been with him when he picked up a tab? No? Ok, well that hasn't changed."

47. #Badgers open practice at @TheLoboPit http://twitpic.com/8wb9kq

46. @T_Jacks12 nails the half-court shot giving the smalls the win over the bigs

45. Found out that our PA announcer for tomorrow is the same from when the #Badgers were last here in 2000 #justsayin

44. Check out the menu at @TheLoboPit, that's gotta be a good omen right? (thanks @TheBrianEvenson) http://bit.ly/wn2gUA

43. So how do the #Badgers celebrate a day of two-a-day practices? Mandatory study table of course

42. During NCAA pre-tournament meeting, clock topic came up and Bo Ryan was quick to get clarification. Clock, light, horn?

41. #Badgers pep rally taking place now, complete with Barb Puls, wife of the famous Otto Puls, doing the polka

40. This! #Otto http://say.ly/umc1zUt

39. UW alumni rep here in ABQ is Kelly Ryan & she's talking to Bo Ryan's wife, Kelly Ryan, here @ Kelly's Pub. Can't make this up

38. When talking about The Pit adding Suites above concourse, Bo Ryan quipped "Gives new meaning to raising the roof." #Rimshot

37. Entire bar, Badger Band and Cheer squad serenades #Badgers cheerleading coach Josette Scheer for her ??th birthday.

36. This week's Varsity Magazine is all about the #Badgers and March Madness. Check it out. http://ow.ly/9Fmxd

35. He desperately wants to be the #Badgers latest walk-on darling. Now @DanFahey10 gets his chance. http://ow.ly/9FmDv

34. As of Friday, March 9 Rob Wilson wasn't on Twitter. Now 5 days later @RCWilson33 has 1,143 followers.

33. #Badgers parents at the team hotel so far: Jordan Taylor's Dad, Ben Brust's Dad & the Gassers.

32. #Badgers die-hard Andy North and UW video coord. Sharif Chambliss snuck out to hit some balls after practice. #Fieldof18?

31. Utah St. AD Scott Barnes (NCAA committee member) said he held Karl Malone to 32 in NCAAs, Ryan ribbed, "points or rebounds?"

30. Montana coach Wayne Tinkle(WI native): "We try to mirror [the #Badgers] at a smaller level. I respect the way they do things"

29. #Badgers not the only team at this hotel. The #Colorado fight song just broke out in the lobby

28. Gametime is 12:10 here in ABQ, that means early morning (7:10) scouting report at the hotel.

27. Greg Gard is giving the low down on Montana right now. Gard is 9-1 in NCAA opening games when he has the scouting report.

26. Gard's scout report: Cherry is a big Lewis Jackson w/ 3-pt shot, Jamar is like Brandon Paul & Selvig is a Leuer/Shurna combo

25. There's something beautiful about that blue patch on the Cardinal & White http://say.ly/ghq1A2H

24. Ankle-taping time with Grand Master Trainer Henry Perez-Guerra. He tapes 10 of the 15 #Badgers in his hotel room.

23. Can't get this song out of my head. Only seems right. http://ow.ly/9FY3k

22. Montana has shot below 45% in all 6 of their losses. Only 7 of #Badgers 33 opponents have hit the 45% mark. #Defense

21. #Badgers send-off at the hotel is about to lift off. Band, cheerleaders, Bucky and of course... goosebumps

20. The goods #Fieldof68 http://say.ly/uQd1A57

19. Best fan sign I've seen so far: "Once a Badger, Always a Badger. That goes for you too Freddie"

18. Led by police escort, #Badgers team bus is off to The Pit

17. Ryan Evans' pregame song in the locker room? Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'"

16. The doors are open and the #Badgers and #Grizzlies are on the floor warming up http://twitpic.com/8wonz5

15. Mission control in the CBS/Turner truck. Looks like could launch a spaceship outta here. http://say.ly/Knh1A6Y

14. For the 14th straight year, On Wisconsin is played at the NCAA Tournament

13. National radio announcers: Dave Sims (voice of the Seattle Mariners) and 15-year NBA vet Michael Cage

12. Your officials for today: Anthony Jordan, Jeffery Clark, Bret Smith

11. #Badgers starters are the same ones that we've seen all season: Taylor, Gasser, Evans, Bruesewitz and Berggren

10. #Grizzlies starters are G Will Cherry, G/F Kareem Jamar, F Art Steward, F Mathias Ward, C/F Derek Selvig

9. @TheLoboPit might have the longest tunnel in college basketball. They need to install a toe rope. #Fieldof68 http://say.ly/kSP1A7t

8. National anthem time, performed by the #Badgers band

7. The man, the myth, the rival... @FreddieOwens visits with Greg Gard pregame. http://say.ly/iKi1A7M

6. About 10 minutes from tip-off. Here's an exclusive peek into the #Badgers locker room #ChalkTalk http://say.ly/tlT1A7O

5. One of the best seats in the house #Fieldof68 http://twitpic.com/8wp99u

4. Bo Ryan is wearing a tan suit with corral and red striped-tie. #Badgers are 7-0 when he wears that combo. JK, I have no idea.

3. Disorganization... #Badgers are introduced out of order. Taylor ran when Evans was called, Gasser when Taylor called.

2. Sure seems like there are more (and louder) #Badgers fans here than #Griz. Wisconsin is 1-0 then already.

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