CHICAGO -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team (23-11) received a No. 5 seed in the West Region and willl face 12th-seeded Ole Miss (26-8) in the second round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Friday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Wisconsin is making its 15th-consecutive trip to the Big Dance.
Tip time for the first-ever meeting between the Badgers and Rebels will be announced later Sunday.
Wisconsin owns a 25-17 record all-time in the NCAA tournament, including a 16-11 mark under head coach Bo Ryan, who has led the Badgers to NCAA bids in each of his 12 seasons in Madison.
The winner of the second-round matchup will face the winner of a game between No. 4 seed Kansas State and either Boise State or La Salle, which will face off in a First Four matchup.
The Badgers are a No. 5 seed after earning No. 4 seeds each of the last three seasons -- which included a pair of runs to the Sweet 16 in 2011 and 2012. UW has earned a top-six seed in nine of its 12 NCAA tournament appearances under Ryan.
This is the seventh time the Badgers have earned a top-five seed under Ryan, going 6-0 in the first round when seeded fifth or higher.
Ole Miss earned an automatic bid to the tournament with a 66-63 win over Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game Sunday.
Important news regarding NCAA tournament tickets The Wisconsin Athletic Ticket Office will be accepting requests for second/third round NCAA Tournament tickets beginning Sunday, March 17, at 7 p.m., and ending Monday, March 18, at 1 p.m., online at UWBadgers.com. For your convenience, requests will also be accepted by phone on Monday, March 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. by calling 1-800-GO-BADGERS.
Requests will only be accepted from donors to Wisconsin Athletics and men's basketball season ticket holders. Patrons will be notified via e-mail as to the status of their request on Monday afternoon. Patrons who make requests but do not receive an e-mail notification regarding their request should contact the Athletic Ticket Office. No conditional ticket requests will be accepted.
If tickets remain after the initial offering to donors and men's basketball season ticket holders, tickets will be sold to the general public beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 18. If there is a general public ticket sale, fans can purchase tickets online at UWBadgers.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-GO-BADGERS.
Second round tickets are $66 and $80. If Wisconsin advances, third round tickets will also be $66 and $80. Patrons will automatically receive third round tickets if Wisconsin wins its second round game. If Wisconsin does not win its second round game, patrons will not receive tickets for the third round.
For UW Student Season Ticket Holders UW men's basketball student season ticket holders are invited to participate in a sale of second/third round NCAA tickets. Tickets will go on sale beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 18, and remain on sale until they sell out or until 1 p.m. on Monday, March 18, whichever comes first. Tickets will be sold online at UWBadgers.com, where students should login to their account. Student ticket prices are identical to donor/season ticket holder prices.