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N 5 UW-Parkside (Exh.) W, 77-40
N 14 Northern Kentucky W, 62-31
N 16 Chattanooga W, 89-45
N 19 Green Bay W, 84-60
N 22 Boise State W, 78-54
N 26 vs. UAB W, 72-43
N 27 Georgetown 2:30 p.m.
N 28 TBD (Battle 4 Atlantis) TBA
D 3 Duke 8:30 p.m.
D 6 at Marquette 11:30 a.m.
D 10 at Milwaukee 8 p.m.
D 13 Nicholls State 2 p.m.
D  22 at California
8 p.m.
D 28 Buffalo Noon/7 p.m.
D 31 Penn State Noon/2:15/4:30
J 4 at Northwestern 7:30 p.m.
J 7 Purdue 6 p.m.
J 11 at Rutgers TBD
J 15 Nebraska 8 p.m.
J 20 Iowa 8 p.m.
J 24 at Michigan
3/6 p.m.
J 31 at Iowa 11 a.m.
F 3 Indiana 6 p.m.
F 7 Northwestern 4:30 p.m.
F 10 at Nebraska 8 p.m.
F 15 Illinois Noon
F 18 at Penn State 6 p.m.
F 21 Minnesota 11 a.m.
F 24 at Maryland 6 p.m.
M 1 Michigan State 3 p.m.
M 5 at Minnesota
6 p.m.
M 8 at Ohio State Noon/3:30/6:30
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2 Jordan Smith R-Jr. G
3 Zak Showalter R-So. G
4 Matt Ferris Fr. G
5 Aaron Moesch R-Fr. F
10 Nigel Hayes So. F
11 Jordan Hill So. G
12 Traevon Jackson Sr. G
13 Duje Dukan R-Sr. F
15 Sam Dekker Jr. F
20 T.J. Schlundt Fr. G
21 Josh Gasser R-Sr. G
22 Ehtan Happ Fr. F
24 Bronson Koenig So. G
30 Vitto Brown So. F
35 Riley Dearring R-Fr. G
44 Frank Kaminsky Jr. F
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Nov. 24 - 30
Up Next: Badgers Battle 4 Atlantis among loaded tourney field
The No. 2 Wisconsin men's basketball team is off to a 4-0 start for the eighth time in 14 seasons under Bo Ryan, but up next, the Badgers face a premier test competing among a competitive field at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas this week.

The Badgers will take on UAB in Wednesday's opener at 6 p.m. (CT) on AXS TV, then play either No. 18 Florida or Georgetown on Thursday.

With a 72-43 win over UAB, the Badgers advanced to the semifinals of the champions bracket to face Georgetown. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) Thursday on ESPN.

 Game 5  |  #2 Wisconsin vs. UAB
 Date  Wednesday, Nov. 26  |  6 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Paradise Island, Bahamas  |  Imperial Arena
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 Game 6  |  #2 Wisconsin vs. Georgetown
 Date  Thursday, Nov. 27  |  2:30 p.m. (CT)
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 Game 7  |  #2 Wisconsin vs. TBD
 Date  Thursday, Nov. 28  |  TBA
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The Badgers began the season with their highest-ever AP preseason ranking (No. 3) and were tabbed by a panel of media to win the Big Ten, the first such preseason designation under Bo Ryan.

2 GANG'S ALL HERE: UW returns seven of its top eight scorers from last year's team that finished 30-8 and advanced to the 2014 Final Four. UW loses only guard Ben Brust (12.9 ppg), but brings back 81.9% of its minutes played, 81.9% of its scoring, 85.9% of its rebounding and 89.1% of its assists.

3 "THE TANK" IS FULL: Frank Kaminsky enters the season as the third AP preseason All-American in UW history and the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. The senior forward is living up to the accolades, leading the Badgers with 19.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game this season. He also paces Wisconsin with three double-doubles, 63.5 percent field goal shooting, 11 blocks and five steals.

4 DYNAMIC DEKKER: After a summer spent impressing at the Kevin Durant and LeBron James camps, Sam Dekker joined Kaminsky on the preseason All-Big Ten team, the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 and received votes for the AP preseason All-American team. The junior forward is averaging 14.0 ppg while shooting 57.1 percent.

5 HAYES' EXPANDED GAME: Even with a 2014 season that captured Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors, Nigel Hayes might be one of the most improved players in the Big Ten. After averaging 7.7 points and 2.8 rebounds and not attempting a single 3-pointer a year ago, Hayes is now posting 15.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg and is 4-for-8 from 3-point range.

6 REMARKABLE RYAN: Entering his 31st season as a head coach, Bo Ryan is one of 34 coaches in NCAA history (and one of just five active Div. I coaches) with 700 wins. Ryan's career winning percentage of .760 is 3rd only to UNC's Roy Williams (.793) and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (.764) among active coaches with 600 wins.


Wisconsin and UAB will meet for the first time in men's basketball on Wednesday at the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Badgers are 7-3 against teams from the Mountain West Conference.

• UW's most recent contest with a member of Conference USA was a 79-63 home win over Florida International on Dec. 2, 2006.

In Bo Ryan's first 13 seasons at UW, the Badgers have played in a non-conference holiday tournament nine times.
• UW owns a combined record of 16-7 in non-conference holiday tournaments.
• The Badgers won the 2005 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the 2011 Chicago Invitational title in 2012 and the Cancun Challenge last season.

#3 WISCONSIN 78, BOISE STATE 54 - 11/22/14 - Kohl Center
  • UW improved to 4-0 on the season with a 78-54 win over Boise State (3-1) on Saturday.
  • The Badgers shot 55.4% from the field and turned it over five times. UW has shot at least 50% from the floor in three straight games. Boise State shot 42.9% with 11 turnovers.
  • Frank Kaminsky (26 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals) led three Badgers in double figures, including Nigel Hayes (15 points, 5 rebounds) and Traevon Jackson (11 points, 5 assists).
  • Kaminsky tallied his ninth-career game with 20+ points, recording 25 points or more in back-to-back games (scored 26 vs. Green Bay on Nov. 19) for the first time in his career. The senior forward was 11-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from 3-point range. He has hit 4+ triples in a game 4 times in his career (high of 6, going 6-for-6 vs. North Dakota, Nov. 19, 2013).
  • One game after attempting a season-high 37 free throws vs. Green Bay, UW attempted only six vs. Boise State. Nigel Hayes was the only player to reach the foul line, going 6-for-6.
  • The Badgers out-rebounded BSU 29-25 and have now out-rebounded their four opponents by an average of 14.9 boards per game.

TRENDS IN 2014-15

The Badgers are off to a 4-0 start and a few trends have emerged in the early going.

• UW has out-rebounded each of its first 4 opponents by an average of 14.9 boards per game, the largest margin in the Big Ten.
• UW has gone 59-for-86 (.686) at the free throw line, averaging 21.5 FTAs per game. By comparison, the Badgers’ opponents are just 21-for-42 from the charity stripe overall. UW is averaging 11.0 more free throw attempts per game than its opponents.
• UW is second in the Big Ten allowing just 47.5 points per game.
• UW is shooting 52.6% from the field compared to just 34.1% for its opponents. The Badgers have connected on at least 50% of their shots in each of the last three games and their overall offensive FG percentage ranks 19th in the nation.
• UW’s opponents are shooting just 27.9% (17-for-61) from 3-point range, the top defensive mark in the conference.
• UW is averaging just 7.5 turnovers per game. The Badgers have ranked among the nation’s top 5 in fewest TOs per game in each of the last 5 years, leading the nation in 2010, 2011 and 2014.

Wisconsin is renowned for its incredible home success, but was just as good on the road last year.

• Wisconsin went 16-5 away from home, going 8-2 at neutral sites and 8-3 in road venues. The Badgers' 16 road/neutral wins was the highest single-season total in school history, surpassing 15 road/neutral wins in 2007-08.

• UW posted neutral-site wins over Arizona, Baylor, Oregon, West Virginia, Minnesota, Saint Louis, St. John's and American last season.

• Last season, the Badgers posted road wins at Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern and Green Bay.

• UW's wins at No. 15 Michigan and No. 15 Iowa marked the first time in school history that the Badgers recorded consecutive road wins over ranked Big Ten teams.

• UW had the most true road wins in the Big Ten (8) and the best win percentage away from home a year ago.

• Since Bo Ryan was hired in 2001, Wisconsin has been the Big Ten's best road team, owning the most true road wins (75) and best road win percentage (.517) in the conference.

• Wisconsin has racked up five double-doubles already this season with Frank Kaminsky posting three in his first three games and Nigle Hayes contributing two in a row.
• Last season, the Badgers had a total of seven with Sam Dekker posting five and Kaminsky two.
• For their careers, Kaminsky and Dekker each have five double-doubles, while Hayes has two and Josh Gasser has one.

• The Badgers have four players who could all reach the 1,000-point milestone in the 2014-15 season. If Sam Dekker (863), Josh Gasser (835), Frank Kaminsky (803) and Traevon Jackson (708) match their point production from last season, each would eclipse 1,000 career points.

• In his first 13 seasons at Wisconsin, Bo Ryan has seen 12 players reach the 1,000-point plateau. In fact, seven of the top 14 scorers in Badgers history have come in the Ryan era.

• Wisconsin will enter the season with its highest-ever preseason ranking, checking in at No. 3 in the AP Top 25 and No. 4 in the Coaches Poll. UW has only opened the season in AP top-10 on two occassions: No. 9 in 2006 and No. 10 in 1962.

• The Badgers were also tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, followed by Michigan State at No. 2 and Ohio State at No. 3. This season marks Wisconsin's first-ever preseason No. 1 ranking under Bo Ryan. The Badgers have been in the top three of the preseason rankings six times during Ryan's tenure.

• Senior Frank Kaminsky was named to the 2014-15 preseason All-American team as announced by the Associated Press. Since 1986-87, when the AP started its preseason squad, Kaminsky is the third player in Wisconsin history to earn such distinction joining Jordan Taylor (2011) and Michael Finley (1994).
    Junior Sam Dekker also received votes for the AP preseason All-American team.

• Kaminsky was also tabbed the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year by a panel of conference media members. A unanimous choice for Preseason All-Big Ten, Kaminsky was joined on the All-Conference team by Dekker, marking the first time UW has ever had two players on the preseason list.

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• Following Wisconsin's berth into the Final Four, respected basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss typed out a poignant tweet, proclaiming: "will someone please put bo ryan in the naismith hall of fame - has 4 d III national champ rings."

• In addition to his incredible Div. III success, in 13 years at Wisconsin, Ryan has built the best record in Big Ten history, coaching the Badgers to a mark of 156-66 (.703), surpassing runner-up Bobby Knight's mark of .700.

• With a win over Minnesota in the Big Ten tournament, Bo Ryan tallied his 700th career win, becoming just the 40th coach in college basketball to reach the 700-win plateau.

• Ryan is one of five active Division I coaches with 700 wins, joined by Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Roy Williams (North Carolina) and Bob Huggins (West Virginia).

• Since Bo Ryan took over, Wisconsin has won five Big Ten titles - three regular season, two tournament (only Ohio State has more) and owns the top record in conference games, going 156-66 (.703). Ryan's .703 win percentage (156-66) is the highest in Big Ten history.

• The Badgers finished off their 14th-consecutive season with a winning conference record. In 108 years of Big Ten basketball, only one school has a longer streak of continuous success.

• During UW's streak of 14 straight winning seasons, every other Big Ten team has had multiple seasons with losing records, except Michigan State, which finished .500 twice in that span. Among the major conferences, only Kansas (24) has a longer active streak of above .500 seasons.

• Wisconsin has never finished lower than fourth in the Big Ten standings under Ryan. UW's active streak of 13 consecutive seasons in the Big Ten's top four is tied for the longest in league history.

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