March 19, 2010
NCAA Championship Central
MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin (21-10) qualified for its seventh NCAA tournament and will take on Vermont (26-6) in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament on Sunday. Tipoff is slated for 11 a.m. at the Joyce Center in Notre Dame, Ind. The game will air live on ESPN2.
The seventh-seeded Badgers meet the 10th-seeded Catamounts for the first time on the hard court. The only opponent the teams shared this season was NC State, a team that UW defeated 53-48 on the road on Dec. 3. Likewise, Vermont posted a 52-47 win over NC State in its second game of the season.
Second-seeded and No. 7 Notre Dame (27-5) faces 15th-seeded Cleveland State (19-13) in the other first round game at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The first round winners will play in the second-round game, slated for 6 p.m. at the Joyce Center on March 23, for the right to advance to the Kansas City Regional. ESPN or ESPN2 and ESPN360.com will carry the game live.
| Game 32 | Wisconsin (21-10) vs. Vermont (26-6)
|| Sunday, March 21 | 11 a.m.
|| Notre Dame, Ind. | Joyce Center
Sunday's First Round: The Big 1070 (WTSO AM) with Mike Heller
Tuesday's Semifinal: WIBA AM 1310 with Mike Heller
| Live Web Stream
| Live Stats
|| Live Gameday Blog
| All-Time Series
|| Sunday's game marks the first meeting between UW and UVM.
Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats | News | Record Book | Game Notes
Roster | Schedule/Results | Stats | News | Game Notes
Here's a glance at what each team brings to the table.
- Wisconsin is competing in its seventh NCAA tournament, its first since 2002 and its first under coach Lisa Stone. UW is 2-6 in six post-season appearances, advancing to the second round twice.
- All four UW coaches have NCAA experience on the Division I, II or III level.
- The Badgers will face Vermont for the first time in program history.
- UW is ranked 28th in the NCAA RPI released March 15.
- UW has won 21 games this season, the eighth 20-win season in program history and the second under Coach Lisa Stone.
- The Badgers are 12-5 (9-4 away and 3-1 neutral) on the road this season, setting the UW season record for most road wins.
- Wisconsin is playing its best basketball of the season now. At the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers led all teams in four categories, including field goal percentage.
- With her next start, senior Rae Lin D’Alie will tie the Big Ten Conference record for games started.
- Junior Alyssa Karel hit 1,000 career points vs. Purdue on March 5 and scored a career-high 31 points vs. Ohio State on March 6.
- Wisconsin is averaging 71.3 points per game over the last six games. The Badgers are also shooting 46.7 percent from the field.
- The Badgers receive one vote in this week’s Associated Press poll.
- Lisa Stone was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year by league coaches, junior Alyssa Karel earned second-team honors by both media and coaches, and senior Rae Lin D’Alie was a third-team pick by media.
- For the second year in a row, Wisconsin advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
- UW’s third-place finish in the Big Ten regular season equal its second-best conference place ever.
- With 10 Big Ten wins, UW finishes with its best Big Ten record under Stone.
- Tenth-seeded Vermont (26-6, 13-3 America East) qualified for the NCAA tournament after earning its second consecutive America East Conference title and the conference’s automatic NCAA bid.
- The Catamounts defeated then-No. 21 Hartford 55-50 in the America East championship game.
- UVM has won 10 of its last 11 games and enters the NCAA tournament on a three-game winning streak.
- Vermont is making its sixth overall and second straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Catamounts are 0-5 in the NCAA tournament. In 2009, 16th-seeded Vermont lost to top-ranked Connecticut 104-65 in the first round.
- Vermont finished second in the final America East regular season standings.
- UVM's 26 wins are the third most in school history and the most under head coach Sharon Dawley, who is in her seventh season.
- Vermont leads the country in road wins at 17 and is 5-0 against opponents on a neutral court this season.
- UVM is led by seniors May Kotsopoulos and Courtnay Pilypaitis. A 5-10 guard, Kotsopoulos averages 17.3 points, 2.6 boards and 2.5 assists per game. She leads the Catamounts with a 79.7 free throw percentage (126-of-158).
- Pilypaitis, a 6-1 guard, adds 14.8 points and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. She is the only active NCAA Division I player with more than 1,900 points, 800 rebounds and 600 assists in her career and received the Most Outstanding Player Award in the America East tournament.
- Freshman Kendra Seto and seniors Sofia Iwobi and Alissa Sheftic join Kotsopoulos and Pilypaitis to make up UVM’s probable starters.
- Iwobi averages 6.6 points and 5.6 boards per game and leads the team with 21 blocks. Seto averages 9.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Sheftic, a 6-3 center, adds 6.0 points and 4.8 boards per game.