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Varsity - February 9, 2012

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INSIDE MEN'S BASKETBALL BY PATRICK HERB @BadgerMBB SCHEDULE (18-6, 7-4) Last Five Jan. 18 Northwestern W, 77-57 Jan. 22 Jan. 26 #16 Indiana W, 57-50 Jan. 31 Feb. 4 #3 Ohio State This Week Thursday at Minnesota Next Five Feb. 16 Feb. 19 Penn State Feb. 23 at Iowa 6 p.m Feb. 25-26 at #3 Ohio State Feb. 28 Minnesota at #11 Michigan St. 6 p.m. 3 p.m. 8 p.m. TBA 7 p.m. One of the secrets to Wisconsin's road success is the balance the team strikes between business and fun. The focus never veers from the pur- Keeping it light helps P op quiz... over the last 11 seasons (the Bo Ryan era) which Big Ten team has won the most road games? Or, which Big Ten team has the best winning percentage away from the comforts of its home gym? Would it surprise you to hear that Wisconsin is the answer to both questions? 52 » VARSITY FEBRUARY 9, 2012 pave 'road' to success Badger forge team chemistry on road trips Since 2001-02, the Bad- gers own the most road wins (60) and best road winning percentage (.508) of any team in the conference. OSU (53 wins) and Illinois (.500) are second in each category. This season's Badgers have been as good any team, going 5-2 on the road (4-1 in Big Ten road venues). pose of the trip... winning. However, half-court shooting contests, road traditions, team meals and movie nights build chemistry and relieve some of the pressures that come with competing in hostile environments. This week's trip to Minnesota will renew a UW tradition of sliding off the raised Williams Arena court. All freshman and newcomers have to "practice" diving for a ball and slid- ing off the floor as Jordan Taylor demonstrates during his first trip. Bo Ryan benchmark? » In the first 103 years of basketball at Wisconsin, the Badgers had a total of four 19-win seasons. With one more victory this year, Bo Ryan's teams will have reached 19 wins in all 11 of his seasons at the helm. at #22 Illinois W, 67-63 at Penn State W, 52-46 L, 58-52

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