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posted: 3/13/2012 3:00 PM

Wisconsin makes NCAAs after slow start in Big Ten

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  • Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan guided the Badgers to their 14th straight NCAA tournament appearance.

      Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan guided the Badgers to their 14th straight NCAA tournament appearance.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin's 14th straight NCAA tournament appearance didn't look likely two months ago.

The Badgers began the season 1-3 in the Big Ten, including a pair of rare home losses. When they weren't hitting 3-pointers, the Badgers were a surprisingly easy out.

But their season turned around beginning with a Jan. 12 victory at Purdue, and Wisconsin finished the season strong enough to secure a No. 4 seed in the East region. They play No. 13 seed Montana on Thursday afternoon.

Forward Jared Berggren says the Badgers' ability to battle back from a slow start to conference play doesn't matter now, saying, "It's do or die now."

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