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Badgers named No. 3 seed in NCAA tournament

Wisconsin will play in the Milwaukee Regional on Friday at Fiserv Forum at 8:50 p.m.
Wisconsin's Johnny Davis (1) shoots against Rutgers' Caleb McConnell (22) during the second...
Wisconsin's Johnny Davis (1) shoots against Rutgers' Caleb McConnell (22) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, in Madison, Wis. Davis is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference, announced Tuesday, March 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, FIle)(Andy Manis | AP)
Published: Mar. 13, 2022 at 5:27 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - After winning a share of the Big Ten regular season title, the Wisconsin Badgers were named the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will play close to home in the Milwaukee Regional.

The Badgers will face Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, this coming Friday, March 18 at 8:50 p.m. on TBS.

The team found out their seeding at a watch party held on UW’s campus at Union South. Fans were able to interact with Head Wisconsin Basketball Coach Greg Gard, players and see the Big Ten Championship trophy in person.

Wisconsin and Colgate met once before in 2011, the two teams met in Madison and Wisconsin came out on top 68-41. The winner of the first round match up will face either LSU or Iowa State in the round of 32 on Saturday.

“They dream about March Madness, we all did when we were younger,” Gard said. “And to be able to obviously play here in Wisconsin doesn’t guarantee anything but what it is is a reward for the last four five months.”

If Wisconsin advances from the Milwaukee Regional, they will play in Chicago at the United Center for the Midwest Regional.

Badger senior Brad Davison spoke with the media following the announcement and said he is grateful for the chance to stay close to home and is excited that fans won’t have to travel far to cheer on their team.

“We have a long week ahead of us of practicing, film, getting the weight room,” Davison said. “We’ve played 30-some games this year, there’s been highs there’s been lows we’ve been through adversity and our toughness and our togetherness has kind of been the key for us. So, continuing to rely on those things, continue to build on those things. Take games one day at a time and days one day at a time, because these practices and lifts and days of wearing this uniform are numbered and you can’t take it for granted.”

The Badgers finished with an overall record of 24-7 and 15-5 in conference play.

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