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  • Wisconsin earns No. 4 seed in NCAA tournament, will face No. 13 Belmont

    first_imgThe madness has started.After a brief trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Tournament that likely drove quite a few of their fans mad, the Wisconsin Badgers (23-8, 13-5 Big Ten) were awarded the No. 4 seed in the Southeast Region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Badgers will face the No. 13 seed Belmont Bruins (30-4, 19-1 Atlantic Sun) Thursday in Tuscon, Ariz.Wisconsin was largely expected to advance at least a round or two in Indianapolis, but the third-seeded Badgers were unable to find much offensive production Friday in a 36-33 loss to the sixth-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions. The loss comes on the heels of a 93-65 beatdown at the hands of Ohio State (32-2, 16-2) and has seemingly limited much of the momentum Wisconsin built after winning four consecutive games in February.Belmont, meanwhile, won the Atlantic Sun conference for the fourth time six years. A Nashville, Tenn., school with 5,936 students, Belmont won 30 games this season, and three of its losses came against ranked teams Tennessee and Vanderbilt. The Bruins played the Volunteers twice, falling 85-76 in their season opener Nov. 16 at Tennessee. Dec. 4 at Vanderbilt, Belmont fell by the same score. The Bruins were leading at halftime before surrendering 53 second-half points to the Commodores. In the final matchup with Tennessee, Belmont fell 66-65 in Nashville on a Volunteer layup with 5.7 seconds remaining.Under head coach Bo Ryan, Wisconsin is 12-9 in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers are a No. 4 seed for the second consecutive year and 2-0 all-time against No. 13 seeds.The winner of Wisconsin-Belmont will face the winner of No. 5 seed Kansas State and No. 12 seed Utah State Saturday.last_img read more

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