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ON WISCONSIN <b>Head coach Bo Ryan, who owns a 7-1 record in the first round of the NCAA tournament, seeks his 600th career win</b>
Head coach Bo Ryan, who owns a 7-1 record in the first round of the NCAA tournament, seeks his 600th career win

March 18, 2010

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Wisconsin men's basketball team earned a No. 4 seed in the East Region and will face 13th-seeded Wofford in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT) at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

The winner of that game will face the winner of No. 5 seed Temple vs. 12th-seeded Cornell on Sunday, March 21. Wisconsin is making its 12th-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance.

The Badgers are one of just six schools that have an active NCAA tournament streak of at least 12 years. The others are Kansas (21), Duke (15), Michigan State, (13), Gonzaga (12) and Texas (12).

It will be the ninth-consecutive NCAA appearance for the Badgers under head coach Bo Ryan, who is 7-1 in first-round games at Wisconsin. Against Wofford, Ryan seeks his 600th career win.

 Game 33  |  No. 4 Wisconsin (23-8) vs. No. 13 Wofford (27-8)
 Date  Friday, March 19 |  2 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Jacksonville, Fla.  |  Veterans Memorial Arena

 CBS with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg

 Live Webcast  March Madness on Demand
 Radio  Wisconsin Radio Network with Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas
 Satellite Radio  Sirius 125, XM 241
 UWBadgers.com  GameTracker  |  Live Gameday Blog
 All-Time Series  UW leads, 1-0

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Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament
UW will be making its 16th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers are 20-14 all-time in the Big Dance, advancing to the Final Four in 1941 and 2000 and winning their only NCAA title in 1941.

The Badgers have been to the NCAA tournament in each of Bo Ryan’s nine seasons at Wisconsin. In Ryan’s first eight NCAA tournament appearances, UW owns an 11-8 record and has advanced to three Sweet 16s and an Elite Eight in 2005.

Wisconsin has never been a No. 4 seed, but owns a 3-2 record as top 4 seed (No. 2 seed in 2007 and a No. 3 seed in 2008). UW is 1-0 vs. No. 13 seeds (beating Tulsa in 2003).

The Badgers have been placed in the East Region on eight previous occassions (including the Syracuse Regional in the 2005 tournament). Wisconsin owns a 10-7 record in the East Region. UW’s most recent East appearance was in 2009, when the Badgers went 1-1 in Boise, Idaho.

Previewing the Opponent: Wofford
The Terriers are making their first NCAA tournament appearance in school history after knocking off Appalachian State in the Southern Conference tournament to earn the league's automatic bid. Wofford has won 13 straight games -- the second-longest win streak in the nation -- and 19 of its last 20.

The Terriers are led by junior Noah Dahlman, who is their only player averaging in double-figures at 16.8 points per game and also leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game. He was named the Southern Conference player of the year and joined teammates Tim Johnson and Jamar Diggs in earning All-SoCon honors.

Head coach Mike Young is in his eighth season at Wofford and earned SoCon coach of the year honors after leading the Terriers to a 15-3 league record.

All-Time Series vs. Wofford
This will be just the second meeting in the all-time series between Wisconsin and Wofford ... the Badgers beat the Terriers, 70-43, in the only other meeting on Dec. 3, 2007 in Madison. Wisconsin is 5-2 all-time vs. the Southern Conference, having lost to Davidson in the 2008 NCAA Sweet 16.

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