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With a 23-8 record and top 20 RPI, the Badgers are a lock to stretch their streak to 12 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. The question now is who and where they will play. Be sure to tune into CBS at 5 p.m. today to watch the Selection Show and then visit UWBadgers.com for reaction from head coach Bo Ryan and seniors Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon.
Lunardi has projected Wisconsin as a No. 4 seed in the West bracket. In that scenario, the Badgers would play No. 13 seed Rhode Island in the first round out in San Jose, Calif. The winner of that game would then face the winner of the 5-12 game between BYU (5) and Siena (12). By the way, Duke is the No. 1 seed in that bracket.
The Sporting News dropped Wisconsin from a No. 3 seed to a No. 4 seed. Bracketology 101 also has Wisconsin as a No. 4 seed, this time playing in the Midwest Bracket in which Kansas is the No. 1 seed. According to Bracketology 101, the Badgers would travel to Spokane, Wash. to face No. 13 seed Murray State.
Before the Badgers and Fighting Illini tangle, Michigan and Ohio State are battling in a quarterfinal matchup. If Wisconsin wins, the Badgers will play the winner of that game. With that in mind, Associate Head Coach Greg Gard and Assistant Coach Howard Moore went over to Conseco Fieldhouse early to scout the two potential opponents.
Wisconsin had the court for 30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. sharp. The team arrived a few minutes early just as the Fighting Illini were finishing up their shoot-around. Don't worry, there was no trash-talking as the two teams passed on the court.
Today's shoot-around consisted of a little full-court dribbling to loosen up, then nothing but shooting, shooting and more shooting. Just trying to get a feel for the rims and sight lines.
After shoot-around it's back to the hotel for pregame meal and last minute preparations. The guys will get taped up and dressed for the game... bus rolls over to Conseco at 1 p.m.
Here is a glimpse inside the Badgers' shoot-around.
Jon Leuer exits the plane in Indianapolis.
With his next win, Ryan will become the 56th member of the exclusive 600-win club. He would be one of just nine active Div. 1 coaches with 600 career wins joining pretty exclusive company.
Perhaps even more impressive... Ryan's .766 win percentage (599-183 overall record) is second to only Roy Williams' .799 among active coaches. Here are the Div. 1 active members of the 600-win club:
Coach (Current School) Yrs Won Lost Pct.
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) . . . . . . 35 859 279 .755
Jim Boeheim (Syracuse). . . . . . 34 827 291 .740
Jim Calhoun (UConn) . . . . . . . . 38 822 356 .698
Bob Huggins (West Virginia) . . 28 663 240 .734
Gary Williams (Maryland) . . . . . 32 648 364 .640
Tom Penders (Houston) . . . . . . 36 644 437 .596
Homer Drew (Valparaiso) . . . . . 33 617 415 .598
Roy Williams (N. Carolina) . . . . 21 610 153 .799
Bo Ryan (Wisconsin). . . . . . . 26 599 183 .766
Loved the brownies. Happy Birthday Andy!