First look at Wisconsin

Arizona meets up with the Wisconsin Badgers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cats and the Badgers last met up in the second round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament when Wisconsin upset the No. 1 seeded Wildcats.

Wisconsin Badgers
Record: 19-11 (9-7 in Big-10)
Last Time Out: Lost to Indiana 61-56 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Leading Scorer: Alando Tucker (19.0 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Brian Butch (6.1 rpg)

Like Arizona, the Badgers are an up and down team. They started the Big-10 season by winning their first four games, but then lost five of their next six.

"Both teams have had disjointed seasons," Clark Kellog said on the CBS broadcast.

Again, like the Cats, the Badgers had their share of academic and injury problems. The good news for folks in Madison was that at the end of the year they rallied and won games against Indiana and Ohio State.

The season ended on another negative note with consecutive losses to Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana. They have lost four of their last five.

PLAYER ROTATION: Usual Starters -- G Kammron Taylor, F Ray Nixon, F Jason Chappell, F Alando Tucker, F Brian Butch.
Key subs -- G Michael Flowers, G/F Joe Krabbenhoft, F Kevin Gullikson.

The Badgers are led by Tucker, a great scorer and great shooter from the field. What Tucker does not do well is shoot from the foul stripe. He's just over a 54% shooter from the charity stripe.

Brian Butch, a former Wildcat recruit, has steadily gotten better. Once thought of as a bit of a bust, Butch has raised his average to 10.1 ppg and 6.0 rpg. The athletic big man also shoots over 50% from the field.

Notes:

*The Badgers are 3-1 on neutral courts this season.

*They began the season 10-1 and 14-2 before losing 5-of-6 in the middle of the season.

*Butch visited Arizona but settled on the Badgers. Arizona ended up signing Kirk Walters and Ndudi Ebi instead. Despite being an McDonald's All-American, Butch redshirted his first season.


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