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 2012 NCAA Tournament - East Regional Semifinal
 (1) Syracuse (64), (4) Wisconsin (63)
 Thursday, March 22  |  TD Garden  |  Boston, Mass.

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 2012 NCAA Tournament - Third Round (East Region)
 (4) Wisconsin 60, (5) Vanderbilt 57
 Saturday, March 17  |  The Pit  |  Albuquerque, N.M.

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 2012 NCAA Tournament - Second Round (East Region)
 (4) Wisconsin 73, (13) Montana 49
 Thursday, March 15  |  The Pit  |  Albuquerque, N.M.

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Friday, March 23

NCAA Confidential
The Badgers' tournament run ends with a 64-63 loss to Syracuse in the Sweet 16. Go behind the scenes in the final episode from the CBS crew.

Episode 8: Squeezed by the Orange Small Video Graphic

Lucas at Large
This will serve as a final snapshot of Jordan Taylor in his Wisconsin game jersey:  Taylor politely answering all questions at his locker following Thursday's loss to Syracuse in an NCAA East Regional semifinal; Taylor dutifully staying true to his core beliefs despite the pain.

• Lucas at Large: Season of huge gains ends by smallest margin

Thursday, March 22

Wisconsin's defense held Syracuse 10 points below its season average and the Badgers connected on 14 3-pointers on the offensive end -- including six straight in a key second-half surge -- but it wasn't enough as the Orange advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 64-63 win over the Badgers.

Jordan Taylor missed a long 3-pointer with 3 seconds left. Josh Gasser corralled the rebound but his toss toward the basket was off at the buzzer.

Recap  |  NCAA.com Highlights Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

Mike Lucas spoke with Mike Bruesewitz in the locker room after the Badgers' loss.

More 'Wisconsin Confidential'
Recap the Badgers' first two wins of the NCAA tournament, then join the team as it departs Madison and heads to Boston in preperation for its Sweet 16 matchup against Syracuse.

Episode 7: Playing for their lives Small Video Graphic

Lucas at Large
Rob Wilson, Ben Brust and Frank Kaminsky will be watching and studying. They will be taking mental notes on everything that takes place on the floor between Wisconsin and Syracuse in the early minutes of Thursday night's Sweet 16 game of the NCAA tournament.

• Lucas at Large: Badgers believe in bench

Gameday reading material
Happy Gameday Badgers fans! Here are some articles from around the web to get you ready for tonight's matchup:

• Madison.com: Stubborn? Arrogant? They're labels Evans wears with pride
• Madison.com: One things's certain - UW unafraid of No. 1
• NewYorkTimes.com: Man for man, it's a clash of styles
• BostonGlobe.com: Doubters have driven Wisconsin's Taylor

Wednesday, March 21

Bruesewitz talks Syracuse
UWBadgers.com's Mike Lucas talks with forward Mike Bruesewitz about facing Syracuse and their famed 2-3 zone defense. The Bruiser talks about the strengths of Wisconsin's opponent, his role in breaking down the defense, and the team's mindset heading into the game.

Wednesday press conferences
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan and players Jordan Taylor, Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans met with the media Wednesday afternoon at TD Garden in Boston.

Around the Web
• Madison.com: Syracuse's 2-3 look poses challenge Badgers don't often see
• JSOnline.com: Badgers must handle tough 2-3 Syracuse defense
• ESPN.com: Why Badgers are a Final Four 'sleeper' (Insider)

Tuesday, March 20

Former Badger Paul Grant suits up for practice
The Badgers had a special visitor at their first practice in the Boston area Tuesday. Former Badger and NBA veteran Paul Grant joined the team to help simulate the size and athleticism in Syracuse's 2-3 zone. UWBadgers.com found out what the big man is up to these days, how practice went, and what he sees in this year's Wisconsin squad.

Badger Breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Syracuse
Mike Lucas and Matt Lepay look ahead to Thursday's matchup between the No. 4 seed Badgers and top-seeded Syracuse in the latest edition of Badger Breakdown.

Around the Web
• Madison.com: Badgers have more on their minds than basketball
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Bruesewitz knows hustle never slumps

Monday, March 19
Badgers preview Sweet 16
Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan and players Jordan Taylor, Josh Gasser and Ben Brust met with the media Monday as the Badgers prepare for their Sweet 16 matchup with Syracuse in Boston.

Around the Web

• Madison.com: Little things turn out to be big deal for Badgers
• JSOnline.com: Brust has come to appreciate his latest role
• BadgerHerald.com: Ryan putting forth a masterful season on sidelines

Sunday, March 18
More 'Wisconsin Confidential'
The latest episode of "Wisconsin Confidential" from CBS and NCAA.com is up. Go behind the scenes of the Badgers' Round of 32 win over Vanderbilt.

Episode 6: Dancing through the Big Dance Small Video Graphic

Lucas at Large

A nauseous Josh Gasser got his wake-up call at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. The UW sophomore guard was not green in honor of St. Patrick's Day, either. Mike Bruesewitz was watching a movie when he heard something that he didn't want to hear from Gasser, his road roommate. "Josh went to the bathroom," Bruesewitz related, "and he says, 'Mike, call Henry.'" Henry is Henry Perez-Guerra, the trainer for the UW men's basketball team.

• Lucas at Large: Gassed Gasser overcomes flu bug in Badgers' win

Around the Web

• ESPN.com: Even Bo Ryan wowed by Wisconsin
• SI.com: 'Wisconsin way' prevails as the Badgers edge out No. 5 Vanderbilt
• CBSSports.com: Once again Wisconsin wins by not letting its opponent score
• Madison.com: Predictably, Badgers prove the experts wrong

Saturday, March 17
The Wisconsin Badgers are riding the nation's stingiest defense -- and admittedly a bit of luck -- back to the round of 16. The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference's two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament.

Recap  |  Notes  |  Beyond the Box  |  Highlights Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

Mike Lucas spoke with Josh Gasser, Mike Bruesewitz and Jordan Taylor after the Badgers' win.

Coach Ryan addressed the team in the locker room after the game, see what he had to say to his winning squad.

As Coach Ryan and Jordan Taylor spoke with TNT after the game, the rest of the team gathered behind them to sing 'Varsity.'

Up next, UW takes on the East Region's No. 1 seed, Syracuse, in a Sweet 16 matchup Thursday in Boston. Game time is set for 6:15 p.m. (CT) on CBS.

More 'Wisconsin Confidential'
The latest episodes of "Wisconsin Confidential" from CBS and NCAA.com go behind the scenes of UW's trip to Albuquerque. First up, witness the team's high-stakes Mario Kart battles. Then, the Badgers get down to business with a second round win over Montana.

Episode 4: Airplanes and Mario Kart Small Video Graphic
Episode 5: Good game, move on Small Video Graphic

Around the Web
• CBSSports.com: Bo knows defense, winning in the NCAA tournament
• Madison.com: Vanderbilt's tourney demons even bigger than UW's
• Madison.com: Kaminsky on the pine in prime time
• JSOnline.com: Badgers hope to spread their work around vs. Vanderbilt

Friday, March 16
The Badgers were back at The Pit on Thursday to begin their on-court preparation for Saturday's third-round matchup with Vanderbilt. While the team was available to the media, junior guard Dan Fahey was back at it with another round of hard-hitting questions for his teammates.


Lucas at Large
Led by Jared Berggren's career-high seven blocks, the Badgers used a smothering defense to get past Montana in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Mike Lucas explores the Badgers' win, but also previews the matchup against third-round foe Vanderbilt, a team that should provide UW with a much stiffer test.

Lucas at Large: UW must cut to the chase to slow Vandy's Jenkins
Lucas at Large: Badgers pass first test, but Vanderbilt awaits


Badger Breakdown: Wisconsin vs. Vanderbilt
Mike Lucas and Matt Lepay look ahead to Saturday's matchup between the No. 4 seed Badgers and fifth-seeded Vanderbilt in the latest edition of Badger Breakdown.


Friday Press Conferences
• Transcripts courtesy of ASAPSports.com:  Wisconsin  |  Vanderbilt


Around the Web
• ESPN.com: Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin 73, Montana 49
• Madison.com: Taylor authors all-around gem as Badgers throttle Montana
• Madison.com: Hair or no hair, Bruesewitz makes his mark in March
• JSOnline.com: Many contribute as Badgers coast to victory
• DailyCardinal.com: Wisconsin makes easy work of Montana

Thursday, March 15
It was more than "survive and advance" for the fourth-seeded Badgers, who blitzed No. 13 seed Montana in a 73-49 win on the strength of suffocating defense, 18 points from Ryan Evans and 17 more from Jordan Taylor.

"I'm really proud of our guys," head coach Bo Ryan said after the Badgers posted the most lopsided win in their NCAA tournament history. "I thought we did some things really well. I liked the overall effort and we're looking forward to playing again."

Recap  |  Notes  |  Beyond the Box  |  Highlights Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

UW will play again Saturday, facing No. 5 seed Vanderbilt -- which won over No. 12 seed Harvard -- in a third-round matchup at The Pit. That game is scheduled to tip off at 5:10 p.m. (CT) on TNT.


Varsity - March 15The latest edition of Varsity, offers plenty of pregame reading as the Badgers settle in for a couple more days in Albuquerque.

Varsity Magazine: The March Begins

• Lucas: Gard builds book on 'Griz'
Alvarez: NCAA streak only looks easy
Lepay: Tourney win brought out UW's best
The Meaning of Madness
Inside Men's Basketball


More 'Wisconsin Confidential'
Enjoy the lastest segments from the "Wisconsin Confidential" series from CBS and NCAA.com:

Episode 2: Work it out

Episode 3: Calm before the storm


Lucas at Large: Searching for the next Jon Bryant
It was 12 years ago the Jon Bryant caught fire and helped lead the Badgers to the 2000 Final Four. Mike Lucas writes that the history lesson of Bryant is relevant now because "the Badgers have multiple players capable of exploding offensively with 3-point hits."

Lucas at Large: Searching for the next Jon Bryant


Around the Web
• WashingtonPost.com: Taylor watches numbers fall but stock, accolades rise
• Madison.com: Berggren's play inside will be big factor in depth of Badgers' run
• Madison.com: Taylor has excelled in difficult role
• Madison.com: Albuquerque's altitude won't be a factor, Badgers say
• Madison.com: Hettenbach no stranger to The Pit
• JSOnline.com: UW knows where the key was  |  Basics  |  Matchups

Wednesday, March 14
The Badgers spent plenty of time at The Pit on Wednesday in advance of Thursday's second-round game against Montana, with the team available to the media in their locker room before taking part in an open practice session in the arena.

Junior guard Dan Fahey asked the tough questions of his teammates after grabbing the microphone for UWBadgers.com. From Rob Wilson's thoughts on being named one of Cosmopolitan's "Hottest Men of March" to Jordan Taylor's media "strike" to assistant equipment manager Otto Puls' memories of UW's last visit to Albuquerque in 2000, Fahey covers all the hot topics of the day.

On a slighly more serious note, Josh Gasser talked with Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com prior to the Badgers' open practice at The Pit in Albuquerque on Wednesday.


Wednesday Press Conferences
• Transcripts courtesy of ASAPSports.com:  Wisconsin  |  Montana


Go Behind the Scenes With 'Wisconsin Confidential'
Go behind the scenes of the Badgers' reactions on Selection Sunday in the first installment of "Wisconsin Confidential," a series that will follow the Badgers throughout the NCAA tournament.


Keep up with the #Fieldof68
Are you following @BadgerMBB on Twitter? If not, you're missing out on what's become a March tradition. In honor of the 2012 NCAA Tournament's 68 teams, Patrick Herb and Karl Anderson will be sending out 68 Tweets with observations and commentary leading up to Thursday's game. It's truly one-of-a-kind access.

Follow @BadgerMBB  |  #Fieldof68  |  Field of 68 Archive


The Voice: Tourney win brought out best in Badgers
"It is probably fair to say the Badgers' performance in last week's Big Ten tournament did little to help or hurt its seeding for the NCAA tournament. Perhaps there have been exceptions, but as far as Wisconsin is concerned, in most years that seems to be the case..."

The Voice: Tourney win brought out best in Badgers


Around the Web
• Madison.com: Finding comfortable speed key to avoiding scoring lapses
• Chippewa.com: Wisconsin makes NCAAs after slow start in Big Ten
• JSOnline.com: Bruesewitz reflects on playing through pain in 2011 tourney
• JSOnline.com: Owens talks about his days at UW, Montana

Tuesday, March 13

In the latest edition of Badger Breakdown, Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com and the Voice of the Badgers, Matt Lepay, break down Wisconsin's second-round NCAA tournament matchup with Montana.

Around the Web
• Madison.com: Montana's not deep, but it's ready for any challenge
• Madison.com: Owens goes from student to teacher, friend to foe
• JSOnline: Bruesewitz searching for end to arc badness
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Grizzlies modeled themselves after Badgers
• ESPNWisconsin.com: An image worth protecting
• ESPNWisconsin.com: 'Brust' have contributor

Monday, March 12
The Badgers' second-round opponent earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the Big Sky Conference tournament, but what else should UW fans know about the Grizzlies? Mike Lucas takes a look at "The Griz" -- including a special NCAA tournament connection.

Lucas at Large: Get to know Montana

Around the Web
• Madison.com: Ryan needed convincing these Badgers were real deal
• Madison.com: East Region's dangerous, but Kentucky's nowhere near
• Madison.com: A closer look at the Grizzlies
• JSOnline: Montana's Owens still has affection for Badgers
• FoxSportsWisconsin.com: Badgers' Wilson proving his worth as a senior

Sunday, March 11
The Wisconsin men's basketball team (24-9) 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.

Story: Badgers earn No. 4 seed, face Montana in NCAA tournament

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