Preview: No.12 UW vs. No.5 Florida State

Wisconsin basketball has a chance to make amends for a challenging 2009 season when the Badgers make their 11th-straight tournament appearance Friday, going for the upset against ACC Tournament runner-up Florida State in Boise.

No.12 Wisconsin (19-12, 10-8 Big Ten) vs. No.5 Florida State (25-9, 10-6 ACC)

Date/Time - Friday, March 20, at 9:00 p.m. CT

Arena – Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho (12,820)

Television - CBS (Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin Leads 2-0

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 81-66, on Nov. 28, 2006 in Madison

Wisconsin Probable Starters

1 Marcus Landry (Senior Forward, 12.6 ppg)

3 Trevon Hughes (Junior Guard, 12.0 ppg)

12 Jason Bohannon (Junior Guard, 10.3 ppg)

30 Jon Leuer (Sophomore Forward, 9.3 ppg)

45 Joe Krabbenhoft (Senior Forward, 8.6 ppg)

Off the Bench

11 Jordan Taylor (Freshman Guard, 1.6 ppg)

24 Tim Jarmusz (Sophomore Forward, 3.4 ppg)

33 Robert Wilson (Freshman Forward, 1.6 ppg)

43 Kevin Gullikson (Senior Forward, 1.0 ppg)

52 Keaton Nankivil (Sophomore Forward, 4.2 ppg)

Florida State Probable Starters

22 Derwin Kitchen (Sophomore Guard, 8.0 ppg)

23 Toney Douglas (Senior Guard, 21.3 ppg)

32 Soloman Alabi (Freshman Center, 8.5 ppg)

31 Chris Singleton (Freshman Forward, 7.9 ppg)

41 Uche Echefu (Senior Forward, 8.3 ppg)

Off the Bench

2 Jordan Demercy (Sophomore Forward, 3.1 ppg)

3 Luke Loucks (Freshman Guard, 3.2 ppg)

4 Deividas Dulkys (Freshman Guard, 3.7 ppg)

42 Ryan Reid (Junior Forward, 5.0 ppg)

Last Time Out

Call it a microcosm of the 2008-09 season, but the Badgers built themselves a seven –point lead with six-plus minutes left, using solid ball movement and finishing around the basket to have a firm grasp around the game's momentum.

The right on cue, the Badgers watched it all dissipate, with the assist going to Buckeye sophomore Evan Turner.

Turner scored a game-high 19 points and Wisconsin went the last six minutes, one second without scoring a field goal, both of which made the Badgers' Big Ten Tournament stay a short one, leaving with a 61-57 souvenir defeat at the hands of Ohio State.

In a game that featured eight lead changes and seven ties, Wisconsin (19-12) once again had no answer for Turner. After the first-team All-Big Ten selection scored 23 points in the teams' only previous meeting in Madison, the Badgers couldn't make life any harder on Turner.

Scoring eight of his total in the final 6:26, it was Turner's twisting runner in the lane with 52 seconds left that effectively erased Wisconsin's lead, putting Ohio State (21-9) ahead for good.

Series Notes

This will be just the third meeting in the all-time series between Wisconsin and Florida State with the Badgers owning a 2-0 advantage

Overall, Wisconsin is 15-11 vs. the ACC, including a 74-72 win over Virginia Tech earlier this season

The Badgers played in Boise, Idaho in the 2001 NCAA Tournament, losing to Georgia State, 50-49, under interim head coach Brad Soderberg

Wisconsin is 10-7 in the NCAA tournament under Bo Ryan but has never beaten a seed ranked higher.

Wisconsin Notes:

UW will be making its 15th appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers are 19-13 all-time in the Big Dance, winning their only NCAA title in 1941.

UW is making its 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The Badgers are one of just seven schools that have an active NCAA tournament streak of at least 11 years. The others are: Arizona (25 years), Kansas (20), Duke (14), Michigan State, (12), Gonzaga (11) and Texas (11).

Including last season, Wisconsin has been to the Sweet 16 three times in the last six years. Only Duke, Kansas and Texas have made more appearances in the Sweet 16 (four) than Wisconsin in that era.

Wisconsin has won seven of its last 10 games. During that stretch, opponents are averaging just 53.6 points per game against UW. The Badgers have posted a +3.8 turnover margin, forcing 125 turnovers (12.5 avg.) and coughing it up just 87 times (8.7 avg.) themselves over that span.

Wisconsin finished with a 10-8 Big Ten record in 2008-09, marking the ninth-consecutive season the Badgers have won at least nine conference games. Wisconsin also posted an above .500 conference record for the 11th-straight season.

The Badgers registered their 19th victory of the season vs. Indiana. Ryan's teams have won at least 19 games in each of his eight seasons in Madison. Prior to Ryan taking over as UW's head coach in 2001-02, the Badgers had just four 19-win seasons in 103 years.

Florida State Notes:

The Seminoles were the lone Florida school to make the field announced. Florida State, which hasn't lost two games in a row all season heading into the tournament, was defeated by Duke 79-69 in the title game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last Sunday.

Florida State made its last NCAA appearance in March 1998, advancing with a first round win over TCU before being eliminated in the second-round by Valpariso.

Florida State is led by senior guard Toney Douglas, who scored 80 points in the ACC tourney and now has 725 points this season, just 17 fewer than Jim Oler's school record set 53 years ago.


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