Wilkinson record watch

Badger star continues to move up the program's career lists

Through the first two rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, Mike Wilkinson has continued his revision of the University of Wisconsin's history.

Playing 32 minutes in the Badgers' round one victory over Northern Iowa Friday, and 38 minutes in their round two win over Bucknell Sunday, Wilkinson has now played 3,953 minutes in his career, surpassing Michael Finley (3,945) for second place on UW's all-time list. Wilkinson is just nine minutes shy of all-time leader Rick Olson's 3,962.

Wilkinson's 23 points Sunday gives him 1,504 for his career, making him only the sixth Badger to reach the 1,500-point plateau. He is the second-leading scorer among active Big Ten players, trailing only Michigan State's Chris Hill (1,573).

In addition, over the past two games Wilkinson has moved up to seventh all-time at UW in field goals made (512), fourth in free throw attempts (526), tied for second in games played (128), fourth in steals (167), third in rebounds (844) and tied for eighth in games started (96).

Just by stepping on the floor at the Carrier Dome as a starter for the 97th consecutive game Friday — when the Badgers face North Carolina State in a Syracuse Regional semifinal — Wilkinson will tie Charlie Wills for most games played at UW and move into sole possession of eighth for most games started, surpassing Devin Harris.

Wilkinson also remains first all-time in offensive rebounds, building his tally to 308, fifth in free throws made (387) and third in blocked shots (117).

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