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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 W, 68-65
N 28 Oklahoma W, 69-56
D 3 #4/2 Duke L, 70-80
D 6 at Marquette W, 49-38
D 10 at Milwaukee W, 93-54
D 13 Nicholls
W, 86-43
D 22 at California
W, 68-56
D 28 Buffalo W, 68-56
D 31 Penn State W, 89-72
J 4 at Northwestern W, 81-58
J 7 Purdue W, 62-55
J 11 at Rutgers L, 62-67
J 15 Nebraska W, 70-55
J 20 #25 Iowa W, 82-50
J 24 at Michigan
W, 69-64 (OT)
J 31 at Iowa W, 74-63
F 3 Indiana W, 92-78
F 7 Northwestern W, 65-50
F 10 at Nebraska W, 65-55
F 15 Illinois W, 68-49
F 18 at Penn State W, 55-47
F 21 Minnesota W, 63-53
F 24 at Maryland L, 53-59
M 1 Michigan State W, 68-61
M 5 at Minnesota
W, 76-63
M 8 at Ohio State W, 72-48
M 13 Michigan W, 71-60
M 14 Purdue W, 71-51
M 15 Michigan State W, 80-69 (OT)
M 20 (16) Coastal Carolina W, 86-72
M 22 (8) Oregon W, 72-65
M 26 (4) North Carolina W, 79-72
M 28 (2) Arizona W, 85-78
A 4 (1) Kentucky 7:49 p.m.
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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 Ethan 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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March 30 - April 5
The Wisconsin men's basketball team (35-3) advanced to the Final Four for the second-consecutive season and the fourth time in school history with an 85-78 win over Arizona in the Elite 8. The top-seeded Badgers will face fellow No. 1 seed Kentucky on Saturday, April 4, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

A rematch of last year's national semifinal, tip-off is set for approximately 7:49 p.m. (CT) on TBS.

National Semifinal | #1 Wisconsin vs. #1 Kentucky
Date Saturday, April 4 | 7:49 p.m. (CT)
Location Indianapolis | Lucas Oil Stadium
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2015 NCAA Tournament Central

Playing in its 17th-consecutive NCAA tournament after earning the first No. 1 seed in school history, Wisconsin has returned to the Final Four for the second-straight season and the fourth time in school history. UW is just the ninth Big Ten team in history to reach back-to-back national semifinals.
2 30 FOR 30: UW has set a new school single-season record with 35 wins, winning at least 30 games in back-to-back seasons and the fourth time in program history (all four since 2007). Kansas (6) is the only school in the nation with more 30-win seasons since 2007.
3 HISTORIC SEASON: At 35-3, UW is just the third Big Ten team to win at least 35 games in a season and the first since Ohio State (35-3) in 2006-07. The B1G record is 37 wins by Illinois in 2004-05.
4 UNDISPUTED BIG TEN CHAMPS: After winning three games in three days in Chicago, the Badgers added 2015 Big Ten Tournament Champions to a resume that already included the outright 2015 regular-season championship.
    With a mark of 16-2, UW matched its best-ever 18-game conference record and claimed the 18th regular season championship in school history and the fourth title under Bo Ryan (also in 2002, 2003 and 2008).
The consensus 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Tournament MOP, Frank Kaminsky is putting together a National Player of the Year-caliber season. Over the last 10 years, the only other Big Ten player to average at least 18.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 2.0 apg was OSU's Evan Turner, the 2010 National Player of the Year.
    This week, Kaminsky was named the 21st consensus All-American in school history, and just the second since 1942 (joining Alando Tucker, 2007). Through four NCAA tournament games, Kaminsky is averaging 22.8 points and 8.3 boards.
6 CALL TO THE HALL: 2015 Big Ten Coach of the Year and one of four finalists for the Naismith National Coach of the Year, Bo Ryan has also been named one of 12 finalists for the Naismith Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 inductees will be announced on April 6. Ryan has led the Badgers to seven Sweet 16s and two Final Fours in 14 seasons at the helm.
7 DEKKER FINALIST FOR ERVING AWARD: One of five finalists for the Julius Erving Award (SF of the year), Sam Dekker took 2015 second-team All-Big Ten honors. The junior scored a career-high 27 points (5-6 3FGs) vs. Arizona and is averaging 21.8 ppg during the 2015 NCAA Tournament. He has hit 13-of-27 (.481) from 3-point range.
In 21 games since taking over as starting point guard, Bronson Koenig has averaged 11.6 ppg, shooting 46-for-102 (.451) on 3FGs. On the season, Koenig's 2.8 A/TO ratio is fourth in the Big Ten (min. 50 assists).
According to Ken Pomeroy's rankings, UW is the nation's No. 1 offense, averaging 127.5 points per 100 possessions. During conference play, UW ranked second in the Big Ten in scoring (70.3 ppg) and tops in shooting (47.7%). Among teams that have played at least two NCAA tournament games, UW leads the field averaging 80.5 ppg.
10 HAYES' EXPANDED GAME: The 2014 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year, Nigel Hayes earned third-team All-Big Ten this season after averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg as a starter. He is shooting 50.2% on the season, including 38.0% (35-92) from 3-point range, just one year after not attempting a single trey in 2013-14.
11 "CAPTAIN AMERICA": Senior Josh Gasser scored his 1,000th career point vs. Minnesota (2/21) and joined Michael Finley as the only Badgers to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in their career.
    Gasser also holds all the UW service records, appearing in 146 games with 142 starts and 15 NCAA tourney starts.
12 UW DOESN'T BEAT ITSELF: UW leads the nation in fewest fouls (12.4 avg.), fewest turnovers (7.4 TOs avg.) and fewest opposing FTAs per game (11.6). The Badgers also rank 18th in the NCAA in scoring D (57.8 ppg).
13 AT HOME ON THE ROAD: Wisconsin is 36-7 (.837) away from home over the last two seasons (20-2 this season), owning the most road/neutral wins and the best win percentage away from home among major conference teams.

· Wisconsin has advanced to the Final four for the second-consecutive season and the fourth time in school history. In its previous three trips to the Final Four, UW won the 1941 National Championship, lost, 53-41, to Michigan State in 2000 and lost, 74-73, to Kentucky last season.
· UW's back-to-back trips to the Final Four marks the ninth time in Big Ten history a team has advanced to the national semifinals in consecutive seasons and the first time since Michigan State participated in the 2009 and 2010 semifinals.
· Wisconsin is one of just 10 schools to make three or more trips to the Final Four since 2000, trailing only Michigan State (6), Kentucky (4), Duke (4), UConn (4), UNC (4), Florida (4) and Kansas (4).

Saturday's game will mark the sixth-ever meeting between Wisconsin and Kentucky and serves as a rematch of last season's national semifinal. One year ago, the Wildcats pulled out a 74-73 win in North Texas.

· A recap and box score of last season's Final Four contest vs. UK can be found in the "UW in the NCAA Tournament" section of this book.
· The Badgers and Wildcats have met just twice since 1976, with both coming in the NCAA tournament. In addition to last season's contest, Kentucky pulled out a 63-57 win at the 2003 Sweet 16 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Frank Kaminsky
and Bo Ryan took home the Big Ten's highest honors this season, named 2015 Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.

· Ryan earned his fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year honor (coaches choice). He trails only Purdue's Gene Keady (7) and Indiana's Bob Knight (5) who have earned the distinction more times than Ryan.
· Kaminsky was consensus 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection. He is UW's third Big Ten Player of the Year, joining Devin Harris (2004) and Alando Tucker (2007).
Since Ryan took over in the 2001-02 season, UW has had the most Big Ten Player of the Year selections and UW's 12 first-team All-Big Ten selections over that span are tied with Ohio State for the most in the conference.
Kaminsky also became the sixth Badger to be a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, joining Don Rehfeldt (1949-50), Ab Nicholas (1951-52), Michael Finley (1993, 1995), Kirk Penney (2002-03) and Alando Tucker (2006-07).
· Sam Dekker earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the media and coaches, while Nigel Hayes merited consensus third-team honors.
· Josh Gasser was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team, joining OSU's Aaron Craft (4), MSU's Travis Walton, Purdue's Chris Kramer and JuJuan Johnson as the only players in Big Ten history to earn the distinction three times.

· The author of more than 700 wins, 17 championships and countless conference and national coach of the year accolades, Bo Ryan has certainly put together one of the more decorated coaching careers in history. On Feb. 14, that was validated as Ryan was named one of 12 finalists to be considered for election in the Class of 2015 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
"I'm extremely humbled and honored just to be mentioned with the other names on the nominee list," Ryan said. "The Hall of Fame holds so many revered legends of basketball and many of the individuals who originally sparked my love for the game. When I first planted my coaching roots years ago at the junior high level, I did so to be a teacher and help kids like my father did so selflessly. I never had intentions or even thoughts of being on Hall of Fame lists, but it's quite an honor and I'm grateful to all of the players and coaches who have helped along the way. I have been bless to work at some prestigious institutions that were willing to take a chance on me. I am thankful to so many individuals who granted me opportunities and tursted in me."
· The Class of 2015 will be announced on Monday, April 6, at a press conference in Indianapolis prior to the NCAA men's championship game. A finalist needs 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Class of 2015 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Massachussetts, on Sept. 10-11.
· Ryan was the 34th coach in history and one of just seven active Division I coaches with 700 wins, joining Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Bob Huggins (W. Virginia), Roy Williams (N. Carolina), John Beilein (Michigan) and Rick Pitinio (Louisville).

· Wisconsin entered 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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