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Win keeps Badgers' hopes afloat

Wisconsin's 1-0 win over Milwaukee last night was an important one for the Badgers in terms of ending the regular season on a high note but, more importantly, it was vital to keeping alive their hopes of an NCAA tournament berth.

The Badgers have plenty of positives on their resume -- No. 33 RPI, an outstanding strength-of-schedule, wins against Ohio State and Michigan State, signature results away from home against Northwestern and UC Santa Barbara, etc. -- but there is one glaring issue with UW's at-large candidacy: its overall record.

Setting the scenarios

From Wisconsin's perspective, the only thing decided on the second-to-last weekend of play in the Big Ten men's soccer season is that the Badgers have been eliminated from contention for the regular-season conference title.

UW's 2-1 loss to Penn State on Saturday removed the Badgers from the list of contenders, a result made all the more disappointing when Indiana and Northwestern both fell on Sunday. Had the Badgers managed a win against Penn State, those results would have handed the crown to Wisconsin for the first time since 1995.

Still, with three Big Ten games left on the slate this weekend, there's still the matter of seeding for the Big Ten tournament.

Big Ten Network releases tourney schedule

Big Ten Network has announced its broadcast plans for the 2009 Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament.

BTN will televise live the semifinals and finals of the tournament, which Indiana will host at Armstrong Stadium in Bloomington from Nov. 12-15.

Semifinal coverage will air live at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Nov. 13. The final will be carried live at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15.

Todd's take on Northern Illinois

Wisconsin head coach Todd Yeagley has been all over the airwaves in Madison this week as the Badgers have risen to the top of the Big Ten standings.

In case you missed it, you can catch archived video and audio of Yeagley's media appearances:

Wisconsin Athletics news conference (video)
The Badger Hour - 100.5 ESPN (audio)
On Wisconsin - The Big 1070 (audio)

The Badgers face off against Northern Illinois at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a match that could have major implications on each team's NCAA tournament hopes. Follow along with UWBadgers.com's live Gameday Blog and GameTracker live stats.

Badgers big climbers in latest RPI

Wisconsin's recent surge, which has seen the Badgers win four of their last five matches, not only has put the team in contention for a Big Ten title, but for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

The Badgers climbed 57 spots in the latest edition of the official Ratings Percentage Index, which was released Tuesday by the NCAA. UW now sits 33rd in the RPI, thanks to some marquee wins over the past two weeks.
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