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 2011 NCAA Tournament - Southeast Regional Semifinal
 (8) Butler 61, (4) Wisconsin 54 
 Thursday, March 24  |  New Orleans Arena  |  New Orleans, La.
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 2011 NCAA Tournament - Third Round (Southeast Region)
 (4) Wisconsin 70, (5) Kansas State 65
 Saturday, March 19  |  McKale Memorial Center  |  Tucson, Ariz.
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 2011 NCAA Tournament - Second Round (Southeast Region)
 (4) Wisconsin 72, (13) Belmont 58
 Thursday, March 17  |  McKale Memorial Center  |  Tucson, Ariz.
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Friday, March 25
The Badgers fought back with a late rally but were unable to overcome a slow start and cold shooting from the field in a 61-54 loss to No. 8 seed Butler in their Southeast Regional semifinal. The loss brought to a close a 25-9 season for UW and saw six seniors player their final game for the Badgers.

Complete Recap  |  Box Score  |  Photo Gallery
Broadcast Highlights Small Video Graphic  |  Postgame Quotes

Thursday, March 24
Gameday has arrived for the No. 4 seed Badgers, who take on No. 8 seed Butler late Thursday for an opportunity to advance to the program's first Elite Eight since 2005. Tip-off is set for approximately 8:57 p.m. (CT) on TBS. Get all the details on the matchup:

Preview: Badgers look to go from Sweet to Elite vs. Butler  |  Game Notes Get    Acrobat  Reader

Follow live with the Gameday Blog

All aboard Badgers' bandwagon
Between beignets on Bourbon Street and jazz joint sojourns, the national media have taken a liking to Bo Ryan and his Badgers. This blog takes a sampling of the good vibes coming from New Orleans:

Blog: Media boards Badger Bandwagon

Breaking down Badgers-Butler
Mike Lucas and Patrick Herb of UWBadgers.com offer some final analysis leading up to Thursday night's Sweet 16 matchup between the Badgers and Bulldogs with the latest edition of Badger Breakdown:

Wednesday, March 23
The Badgers got their first look at New Orleans Arena on Wednesday afternoon, as the team participated in an hour-long open practice session at the site of Thursday's Southeast Regional semifinal. The team also was available to the media, with a press conference and interviews in the locker room:

Coach Ryan Press Conference Small Video Graphic  |  Players Press Conference Small Video Graphic  |  Transcript

Photo Gallery: Practice and Media Availability

Far from a flash in the pan
The Badgers have been remarkably consistent playing Bo Ryan's brand of basketball over the coach's 10 years in Madison. Mike Lucas explores what makes the team a perennial NCAA fixture:

Badgers far from a flash in the pan under Ryan

Lucas at Large: Butler not bored by preparing for Badgers

Lots of hoops in latest edition of 'Varsity'
Mike Bruesewitz is on the cover of this week's edition of Varsity, the official online magazine of Wisconsin Athletics, and the publication features a number of items on the men's basketball team:

Varsity - March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22
The Badgers arrived in New Orleans early Tuesday evening and wasted no time getting on the court. The team held a brief, light practice on the Tulane University campus shortly after arriving. From there, it was team meal and a little relaxation in advance of a busy day of practice and media availability on Wednesday.

Monday, March 21
From the team's film session and the bus ride to the McKale Center all the way to the postgame celebration, the latest edition of "Backstage with the Badgers" offers behind-the-scenes access to Wisconsin's 70-65 win over Kansas State. The video is embedded below, as is a link to the YouTube version.

YouTube: Wisconsin vs. Kansas State All-Access Small Video Graphic

Meeting the media Monday
The Badgers were front and center on Monday, making several media appearances as they begin preparations for Thursday's Sweet 16 matchup with Butler. Head coach Bo Ryan and Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor took part in a national teleconference, while Ryan also participated in UW Athletics' weekly news conference.

Transcript: Ryan, Leuer, Taylor teleconference

Transcript: Ryan's weekly news conference

Leuer, Taylor and Tim Jarmusz, as well as Keaton Nankivil, Mike Bruesewitz and Josh Gasser, also participated in a press conference following Monday's practice at the Kohl Center:

Leuer, Taylor, Jarmusz:


Nankivil, Gasser, Bruesewitz:

Sunday, March 20
Sitting on a stool in the middle of the UW locker room late Saturday, Keaton Nankivil looked like he had just gone 15 rounds with Mike Tyson. They were bruised and bloodied, but thanks to contributions from Mike Bruesewitz among others, the Badgers survived a heavyweight bout with Kansas State, Mike Lucas writes:

Badger Breakdown: 'Bruiser' helps UW answer the bell in slugfest

Important regional round ticket information
The Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office is now accepting requests for NCAA men's basketball regional round tickets through 1 p.m. on Monday, March 21 online at UWBadgers.com:

Ticket information for NCAA regional round

Saturday, March 19
How sweet it is! A hard-fought, 70-65 win over No. 5 seed Kansas State has the No. 4 seed Badgers headed back to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in 10 years under Bo Ryan. Balanced scoring carried UW past the Wildcats, with Jon Leuer scoring 19 points, Jordan Taylor adding 12 and Mike Bruesewitz and Josh Gasser chipping in 11 apiece.

The Badgers head to the tournament's second weekend for the first time since 2008 and will face No. 8 seed Butler in a Southeast Regional Semifinal on Thursday in New Orleans.

Complete Recap  |  Box Score  |  Photo Gallery
Broadcast Highlights Small Video Graphic  |  Locker Room Reaction Small Video Graphic
Beyond the Box: Wisconsin vs. Kansas State

'Babyface' vs. 'The Beard'
The featured matchup Saturday will be the battle of point guards Jacob Pullen and Jordan Taylor, a topic Mike Lucas delved into with Taylor in advance of tonight's game:

All eyes on Taylor vs. Pullen

Friday, March 18
It was another Tucson sunrise for the Badgers this morning, as their stay in the desert was extended by Thursday's second-round win over Belmont. The team returned to the McKale Center for a practice session and media availability Friday afternoon as they prepare for a Saturday matchup with No. 5 seed Kansas State.

Press Conference Transcript  |  Game Notes Get    Acrobat  Reader

Go behind the scenes with the Badgers
From the bus ride to the McKale Center to Coach Ryan's postgame speech and everything in between, go behind the scenes of the Badgers' win over Belmont with Backstage with the Badgers. The video is embedded below, and you can also view it on YouTube.

YouTube: Wisconsin vs. Belmont All-Access Small Video Graphic

Knowing their role
The Badgers' leading scorers came through as expected Thursday, with Jon Leuer and Jordan Taylor combining for 43 points. It was the contributions of so many others, however, that helped put the Badgers over the top:

Lucas at Large: 'Role players' play key role in win over Belmont

Thursday, March 17
Jon Leuer poured in a game-high 22 points and Jordan Taylor added another 21 by knocking in five 3-pointers to lead the No. 4 seed Badgers to a 72-58 win over No. 13 Belmont in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Sophomore Mike Bruesewitz bounced back from a knee injury sustained in the Badgers' last game to drop in eight points and add a career-high nine rebounds.

The victory advances the Badgers to the third round and a date with No. 5 seed Kansas State at 7:40 p.m. (CT) on Saturday.

Complete Recap  |  Box Score  |  Photo Gallery
Broadcast Highlights Small Video Graphic  |  Locker Room Recation Small Video Graphic
Beyond the Box: Wisconsin vs. Belmont

Inside access with #Fieldof68
Be sure to follow @BadgerMBBall on Twitter all day for notes and observations from inside the Badgers' day in Tucson. The second-annual 'Field of 68' series gets you information you can't find anywhere else, like Jordan Taylor's take on Rob Wilson's mustache.

@BadgerMBBall on Twitter  |  #Fieldof68 Archive

Lucas: Gasser doesn't feel like a freshman
Freshman Josh Gasser has yet to play in an NCAA tournament game, but he has a feel for what it takes for the Badgers to win in March.

Lucas at Large: Gasser already has veteran's view of March

Wednesday, March 16
The Badgers got their first look at the McKale Center today with an open practice session Wednesday afternoon. Prior to hitting the floor, the Badgers and head coach Bo Ryan were available to the media.

Photo Gallery: NCAA Tournament Practice Day

Press Conference Transcript

Mike Lucas caught up with Ryan Evans and Jon Leuer in the Badgers' locker room:

Bruiser back at it Wednesday
Sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz made his return to the floor at Wednesday's open practice, his first live action since injuring his knee last Friday at the Big Ten tournament. Bruesewitz talks with Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com about the injury and his rehab:

Update: Bruesewitz comments following practice

Bruesewitz's next step is return to practice Wednesday

Breaking down Belmont
Patrick Herb and Mike Lucas take a look at Wisconsin's second-round NCAA tournament matchup with Belmont in the latest edition of Badger Breakdown:

Tuesday, March 15
The Badgers put in their first practice in preparation for Belmont on Monday, and UWBadgers.com was there as the team, including senior Keaton Nankivil and freshman Josh Gasser, met with the media after practice:

Monday, March 14
The Badgers and Bruins will meet for the first time on the hardwood, but both teams boast coaches with decorated resumes. Read up on the matchup and more with Wisconsin's complete NCAA tournament guide:

Postseason Guide: NCAA Tournament Get    Acrobat  Reader

Get to know Belmont
When the Belmont Bruins showed up in the NCAA's Southeast bracket opposite Wisconsin it struck an immediate chord with the UW's junior point guard Jordan Taylor. "I have a friend who's going there for music school, he wants to be a producer-artist," he said.

Lucas at Large: Get to know Belmont

Leuer, Taylor on Wooden Award player of the year ballot
The John R. Wooden Award national ballots were sent out Monday by The Los Angeles Athletic Club, and the list included Wisconsin senior Jon Leuer and junior Jordan Taylor.

Leuer and Taylor make cut as Wooden Award trims ballot

Sunday, March 13
The Wisconsin men's basketball team (23-8) earned a No. 4 seed and will face 13th-seeded Belmont (30-4) in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, the Badgers learned Sunday.

Full Story

Freshman Josh Gasser and junior Jordan Taylor shared their thoughts on the Selection Sunday outcome, regrouping from a loss and second-round opponent Belmont with Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com:

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