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Postgame Notes: Wisconsin vs. Montana - NCAA Tournament


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March 15, 2012

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Postgame Notes
Wisconsin 73, Montana 49
March 15, 2012
The Pit – Albuquerque, N.M.

TEAM NOTES
•    Wisconsin improved to 25-9 on the season. The 25 wins tie as the third-most wins in school history.

•    The Badgers are now 24-16 (.600) all-time in the NCAA tournament, including 15-10 (.600) under head coach Bo Ryan.

•    Wisconsin won its opening NCAA tournament game for the 6th-consecutive season. Under Ryan, the Badgers are 10-1 in Round of 64 games.

•    The Badgers will make their 10th appearance in the Round of 32 since 2002, the most of any team in the nation over that span.

•    The 24-point margin of victory is Wisconsin’s largest NCAA tournament win, besting the old UW record of 17 in a 72-55 win over Kansas State in 2008.

•    UW has scored 70 or more points in 3 of its last 4 NCAA tournament games. The Badgers are now 10-2 all-time in the NCAA tournament when scoring 70-plus points.

•    The 49 points scored by Montana ties for fewest points allowed in NCAA tournament game under Bo Ryan (Wofford scored 49 points against Wisconsin in 2010).

•    Montana is the 13th opponent Wisconsin has held below 50 points this season (Badgers are 13-0 in such games).

•    UW’s eight blocks ties as a season high (UW also had eight vs. Indiana on Jan. 26).

•    The Badgers forced a field goal drought of 9 minutes, 43 seconds from 2:47 mark of first half to 13:00 mark of second half. Wisconsin went on a 14-4 run over that span and moved ahead 47-32.

•    The Badgers scored 39 points in the first half, their highest first-half total since posting 39 against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 23.

•    Wisconsin’s 39 first-half points were its most in an NCAA tournament game since scoring 39 in the first half vs. Kansas State in 2008.

•    The Badgers’ 10-point halftime lead was its largest in an NCAA tournament game since a 41-26 lead over Weber State (also from the Big Sky Conference) in 2003.

•    UW shot 52.6% from 3-point range (10-for-19), marking the school’s third-highest percentage in an NCAA tournament game. The Badgers have shot 50.0% or better from 3-point range 7 times this season.

•    The Badgers made 17-of-19 (89.5%) free throws, Wisconsin best-ever percentage in an NCAA tournament game.

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
•    Senior Jordan Taylor finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists with zero turnovers.

•    Taylor became the 8th player in Wisconsin history to score 1,500 career points. He now has 1,502 for his career.

•    Taylor has averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 assists in his last 4 NCAA tournament games.

•    Junior Ryan Evans scored a game-high 18 points (6-for-8 shooting) to go along with 8 rebounds. Evans has now scored in double figures in 13 consecutive games.

•    Junior Jared Berggren tallied a career-high 7 blocks, the third-highest single-game total in UW history and the most by a Badger since Brad Sellers had 7 vs. Ball State on Dec. 8, 1982. Berggren broke UW’s record for blocks in an NCAA tournament game (4 by Andy Kowske vs. Michigan State, April 1, 2000).

•    Sophomore Josh Gasser scored 12 points, reaching double-digit points for the 13th time this season.

•    Senior Rob Wilson finished with 10 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists off the bench. He has reached double-figure points 3 times this season, and all have come in the last 7 games.

•    Junior Mike Bruesewitz scored 8 points, his most since tallying 11 vs. Ohio State on Feb. 4.

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