Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Badgers to play Wofford in NCAA Tournament


The luck of the draw makes or breaks teams in the NCAA tournament.
Wofford, for instance, appears to have received a bad break by drawing the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team as a first-round opponent Friday afternoon in Jacksonville, Fla.
"That's too bad," said Mark Byington, who is an assistant coach for College of Charleston, Wofford's Southern Conference rival, "because Wofford plays better against athleticism that they can turn against" their opponent.
Ask anybody who knows both teams and they believe that the fourth-seeded Badgers (23-8) and the 13th-seeded Terriers (26-8) of Spartanburg, S.C., are defensive-oriented teams that excel in half-court games.
"I expect the game to be in the 60s or low 50s because both teams are so good defensively," said Byington, whose team split its season series with the Terriers. "Every basket that is not out of your offense - maybe it comes from a hustle play or a tip-in - will be valuable."
UW and Wofford are similar statistically. Wofford has made 44.1 percent of its shots overall while Wisconsin has made 44.4 percent. Also, both teams are allowing their opponents to shoot 41.8 percent overall.
The Terriers, who enter the tournament on a 13-game winning streak, are shooting 34.9 percent from 3-point range and have scored 600 points on 573 3-point attempts. The Badgers are shooting 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and have scored 711 points on 656 attempts.
I personally believe the Badgers will handle Wofford with no problem. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!

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