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Look what they're saying about the Badgers

Just about everyone is talking college hoops these days and everybody becomes an "expert." Well we've sifted through countless articles and blogs to come up with a few gems about the Badgers that you might enjoy.

Andy Katz of ESPN:
"A potential Sweet 16 matchup between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 4 Wisconsin could be a tough matchup for the Wildcats. The Badgers have taken down Duke this season and have the ability to fluster a team like Kentucky if senior guards Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon make shots. Junior forward Jon Leuer presents a tough a matchup with his ability to hit shots facing the basket as a step-out 4 man. Oh, and Bo Ryan is one of the most underrated game coaches in the biz."

Dick Vitale:
"Don't worry, Badger fans. Despite the loss to Illinois in the Big Ten quarterfinals, keep an eye on Bo Ryan's Badgers. This team was impressive in beating Duke earlier this season as well as strong league wins. They have a great understanding of how to play winning basketball. The return of Jon Leuer from a broken wrist has been a big positive. They have strength on the perimeter with Trevon Hughes, Jordan Taylor and Jason Bohanon. I really feel this team can compete with the big boys."
Adrian Branch:
"I think Wisconsin is one of the hottest teams coming into this tournament. With Jon Leuer, 6-10, he's like a Robbie Hummel-type of mismatch when he is playing well. Then Trevon Hughes, who can score from the outside. They have got a good inside-outside. And, by the way, a fantastic coach."

Jimmy Dykes:
"The biggest problem for the Terriers? His name is Bo Ryan. If you had to take a coach in this tournament and say who do you think is going to be most prepared on opening day, Bo Ryan is going to get a lot of votes now. This guy can flat out coach. He's got an underrated point guard in Hughes. They are not going to beat themselves."

"Here's the toughest game for Kentucky out of this whole bracket. It's not West Virginia. It's Temple or Wisconsin. It's how they play and how they are coached. They are going to shrink that floor. They have good offensive players. That's the most difficult game for Kentucky to get past."

Bob Wenzel of CBS referring to Bo Ryan:
"He's one of the top 10 coaches in the country," Wenzel said. "Every year Wisconsin isn't supposed to be good and every year they are terrific."

Badgers waiting for name to be called

The Badgers are gathered at the Kohl Center waiting for their name to be called for the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

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Badgers ready for Selection Show tonight at 5 p.m.

Wisconsin will gather at the Kohl Center today to work out and watch teaching clips from Friday's loss to Illinois. After that, it's time to watch the Selection Show on CBS at 5 p.m. (CT). Unlike last year, when the Badgers were sweating out whether or not they would get in the NCAA tournament, this time it's not if, it's when.

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.

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Loss didn't hurt UW in ESPN's Bracketology

Even the though the Badgers lost to Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday afternoon, ESPN's Joe Lunardi isn't punishing them. In his latest Bracketology prediction, Lunardi still has Wisconsin as a No. 4 seed, which is the same position he had them prior to Friday's game.

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.


The Badgers have arrived at Conseco Fieldhouse and they were greeted by a bomb-sniffing dog (standard procedure).

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Always looking at 'Next'

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.

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Shoot-around on Gameday

Since there were games in Conseco Fieldhouse Thursday night, the Badgers' only chance to work out in the arena was during shoot-around Friday morning. With games beginning at Noon (ET) and five teams trying to use the space, there isn't much time.

2010_Indy 040.jpgWisconsin 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.

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The Badgers are In-dianapolis

The Badgers arrived in Indianapolis just before 8 p.m. Thursday night. The guys will lay low tonight in preparation for Friday's rubber match with the Illini at 2:30 p.m. (ET). Dinner at the hotel and movie night are probably on the agenda.

Jon Leuer exits the plane in Indianapolis.

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Rob Wilson (right) and Tim Jarmusz

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All Aboard for Indy

After practicing in Madison, the team and staff (below) departed for Indianapolis Thursday afternoon. Gray skies in Madison... sounds like more of the same in Indy.


Ryan Seeking 600th Career Win

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 100303MBB-6938-Team.jpgBo Ryan enters Friday's game against Illinois with 599 career wins as a collegiate head coach.

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