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No Brotherly Love: Badgers bounced in first round of NCAA tournament

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Wisconsin 8 Arizona 94, 9 Wisconsin 75
2006 NCAA Tournament - First Round (Minneapolis Region)
Wachovia Center • Philadelphia, Pa. • Attendance: 19,990

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1st 2nd Final
 Wisconsin 34 41 75
41 48 94
 Statistical Leaders
 • Alando Tucker: 19 Pts, 4 Rebs, 8-14 FT
 • Kammron Taylor: 12 Pts, 4 Ast, 4-7 3FG
 • Michael Flowers: 11 Pts, 4 Ast, 4-8 FG
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 FG Percentage .431 .593
 3-Point FG Percentage .500 .500
 FT Percentage .682 .626
 Offensive Rebounds 12 11
 Defensive Rebounds 15 25
 Total Rebounds 27 36
 Turnovers 10 9
 Blocks 3 9
 Steals 4 9
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March 17, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The ninth-seeded Wisconsin men's basketball team fell behind early, 24-8, and never recovered in a 94-75 loss to No. 8-seed Arizona in a first-round NCAA Tournament game at the Wachovia Center on Friday.

Wisconsin finished the 2005-06 season with a 19-12 mark. Arizona, which will face the winner of the Villanova-Monmouth game in the second round on Sunday, improved to 20-12 overall.

 Fast Facts
• Wisconsin made 10 3-pointers, six in the 2nd half
• Wildcats shot a season-high 59.3 pct from the field
• UW got 19 pts from Alando Tucker

Head coach Bo Ryans Badgers, making their eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, got 19 points from Alando Tucker, 12 points from Kammron Taylor and 11 points from Michael Flowers. Arizonas Hassan Adams led all scorers with 21 points.

Arizona grabbed a quick 8-0 lead and extended it to 24-8 with 12:33 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats posted their largest lead of the game when they moved ahead 35-11 with 8:48 left. Wisconsin, however, chipped away at the Wildcat advantage as Brian Butch scored six points to help the Badgers move within 46-34 at halftime.

But Arizona countered every time the Badgers tried to whittle the lead to single digits. The Wildcats opened the second half on a 13-4 run for a 59-38 lead with 15:45 left to play. The closest the Badgers got after that was a layup by Tucker that left Arizona with a 62-48 advantage with 12:41 left. Five minutes later Arizona had a 20-point lead (78-58) and finished things off from there.

The Wildcats shot a season-high 59.3 percent from the field, made 50 percent (5 of 10) of their three-point attempts and connected on 19 of 23 (82.6 percent) free throw tries. Arizona also held a 36-27 rebounding advantage, totaled nine steals and committed only nine turnovers.

The Badgers, who were making their 12th overall NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth straight during Ryans tenure, shot 43.1 percent from the floor and just 68.2 percent from the free throw line. UW did enjoy one of its best three-point shooting performances of the season, connecting on 10 of 20 (50 percent). Taylor made 4-of-7 from three-point range.

Wisconsin loses just one senior (Ray Nixon) from this seasons team. In fact, the Badgers tied with Penn State for the fewest number of upperclassmen (four) in the Big Ten.

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