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Fresno State (24-9)Wisconsin (18-13)

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Wisconsin was awarded an at-large berth despite going 8-8 in Big 10 play. The Badgers earned notice with victories over tournament teams Temple, Taxes, Illinois, Indiana and Purdue.

Fresno State also captured an at-large bid. The Bulldogs have won eight straight games including a victory over highly touted Tulsa in the WAC championship game. This is Fresno State's first NCAA appearance since 1984. Wisconsin played in the tournament last year.

COACHING: Wisconsin's Dick Bennett, who is 2-4 in NCAA tournament games, places an emphasis on defense. His philosophy has paid off with three NCAA invites over the past four years. Bennett is completing his fifth season with the Badgers after 18 years at neighboring Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Jerry Tarkanian and his pressure-oriented approach has led Fresno State to five consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins. Before a stint with the NBA'S San Antonio Spurs and a return to his alma mater, Tarkanian led UNLV to four Final Four appearances and a national championship.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Tempo will be the deciding factor. If the Bulldogs can get the Badgers running, things could get ugly.

Fresno State's Courtney Alexander, who was recently named a second-team All-American, leads the nation in scoring with 25 points per game. He'll be guarded by Mike Kelley, a two-time Big Ten Conference defensive player of the year.

STYLES OF PLAY: The tortoise and the hare. Wisconsin takes its slow and relies heavily on defense (allowing just 56 points per game), while Fresno State prefers an uptempo pace on both ends of the floor.

NOTABLE: This won't be the first NCAA tournament game at Huntsman Center for Fresno State's Alexander. Before transferring to the Bulldogs, he scored seven points as a sophomore for Virginia in a first-round loss to Iowa in 1997 . . . Wisconsin defeated Fresno State 64-60 three years ago and 87-65 last season.

No. Reserves Pos. Year Ht. Wt. ppg. rpg. apg.

15 Andy Kowske F Jr. 6-8 230 9.2 5.8 0.5

5 Maurice Linton F Jr. 6-8 215 4.3 2.9 0.8

50 Mark Vershaw C Jr. 6-9 235 11.9 4.3 3.1

13 Duany Duany G Sr. 6-5 180 13.8 5.3 1.8

22 Mike Kelley G Jr. 6-3 185 4.8 2.1 2.9

No. Reserves Pos. Year Ht. Wt. ppg. rpg. apg.

10 Jon Bryant G Sr. 6-2 185 7.8 2.7 1.3

32 Roy Boone G Jr. 6-3 190 5.9 3.2 1.5

40 Charlie Willis F So. 6-8 230 4.1 2.6 0.5

20 Kirk Penney G Fr. 6-5 205 4.1 1.5 0.9

2 Travon Davis G So. 5-10 180 2.2 1.6 1.4

42 Julian Swartz F Fr. 6-6 215 1.5 0.7 0.0

44 Eric Faust F Jr. 6-7 215 1.0 0.5 0.0

21 Robert Smith F Sr. 6-8 215 0.4 0.3 0.0

No. Reserves Pos. Year Ht. Wt. ppg. rpg. apg.

44 Terrance Roberson F Sr. 6-7 215 16.2 5.0 4.1

21 Larry Abney F Sr. 6-8 220 10.4 11.9 0.7

33 Melvin Ely C Jr. 6-9 240 13.3 7.0 0.9

5 Demetrius Porter G Jr. 6-0 170 13.1 3.2 6.3

32 Courtney Alexander G Sr. 6-6 210 25.3 4.8 3.4

No. Reserves Pos. Year Ht. Wt. ppg. rpg. apg.

22 Travis DeManby F Fr. 6-3 180 3.9 1.5 1.2

10 Nick Irvin G Jr. 5-11 215 3.2 1.6 1.7

12 Noel Felix F Fr. 6-8 210 2.7 2.2 0.1

23 Andrea Bona F So. 6-7 215 0.8 1.2 0.1

11 Mike Mcintyre G So. 5-11 190 0.3 0.3 0.0

31 Eric Contente F Fr. 6-1 185 0.0 0.0 0.0