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Wisconsin, Montana Match-up In NCAA Tournament 2012

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Wisconsin guard/forward Rob Wilson, left, and guard Jordan Taylor react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 9, 2012. Wisconsin won 79-71. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Wisconsin guard/forward Rob Wilson, left, and guard Jordan Taylor react during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Indiana in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Friday, March 9, 2012. Wisconsin won 79-71. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

No. 4 Wisconsin has a tough road ahead of them to reach the Final Four, and it starts with the Big Sky regular season and tournament champions, Montana Grizzlies. Both teams are fairly equal on the glass, averaging around 33 rebounds per game. Both teams have also proved to be able to hold their own on defense. This game might come down to experience.

NO. 4 WISCONSIN

Overall Record: 24-9
Conference Record: 12-6
Conference Tournament Outcome: Lost To Michigan St. In Semis
PPG: 63.9 pts
Points Allowed: 52.9
AP Ranking: 14
RPI: 20
KenPom Ranking: 6
Standout Player: Jordan Taylor
Season In Review: The Badgers didn't have many quality out-of-conference wins, losing to both UNC and Marquette. They also started Big Ten play going 1-3. But Wisconsin was able to have a good second half and won 24 games en route to a No. 4 seed.
Tournament Experience: 23-16, 17 appearances, 2 Final Fours, 1 National Championships

NO. 13 MONTANA

Overall Record: 25-6
Conference Record: 15-1
Conference Tournament Outcome: Won Big Sky Tournament
PPG: 70.6
Points Allowed: 61.7
AP Ranking: none
RPI: 76
KenPom Ranking: 94
Standout Player: Kareem Jamar
Season In Review: Montana didn't get off to a strong start, but after a loss at Weber State on Jan. 14, the Grizzlies didn't lose another game and went on to win the Big Sky tournament.
Tournament Experience: 2-9, 8 appearances

 
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