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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badgers open up NCAA Tourney play Thursday morning against American

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MILWAUKEE -- The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team will open their 16th straight NCAA tournament later this morning at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

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Wisconsin, a No. 2 seed, will face 15th seed American University. The Eagles are the Patriot League Champions and carry a 20-12 record. The Badgers are 25-18 all-time in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin will tip off against American around 11:40 this morning. 

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UW-Milwaukee is in the tournament for the first time since 2006. The Panthers are a 15 seed in the East Region and will take on number 2 seed Villanova out of the Big East tonight in Buffalo. Villanova has the depth but they have trouble from three-point range. The Panthers veteran lineup and man-to-man defense could be the keys to victory. UW-Milwaukee and Villanova are scheduled to play at 8:25 tonight.

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The UW-Green Bay women's basketball team lost to Minnesota in the WNIT at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Green Bay let a five-point lead slip right through their fingers. Minnesota's Rachel Banham hit two three-pointers in the final seconds that clinched the Gopher's 62-60 win in the opening round of the WNIT. Green Bay ends its season at 22-10 and was the Horizon League regular season champion.

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The 39th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Championships will begin this afternoon at the Resch Center in Green Bay. In Division 5, defending champion Wisconsin Rapids Assumption (25-2) will play Milwaukee Heritage Christian (20-4) while last year's runner up Barneveld (26-0) will face Owen-Withee (22-5). In Division 4, Algoma (24-2) will play Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs (22-3) and Eau Claire Regis (21-5) will take on Cuba City (25-1). Division 5 play begins at 1:30 this afternoon. Division 4 will tip off at 6:30 tonight.

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