MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Badgers will take on the American Eagles (20-12, 13-5 Patriot)in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Take a look inside the stat pack to learn more about the Badgers' opponent.
In the preseason poll, the Eagles were pegged to finish ninth in the 10-team Patriot League. They finished the season second in the League and ended up winning the conference tournament final over top-seeded Boston University, 55-36.
The Badgers and Eagles had just one common opponent this season: Ohio State. Both the Badgers and Eagles lost to the Buckeyes.
American shot 45.7 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent from three-point range, in its 63-52 loss at Ohio State on Nov. 20. Wisconsin shot 40 percent from the field, including 17.6 percent from three-point range, in its 59-58 loss at the Kohl Center on Feb. 1.
Defensively, the Eagles held the Buckeyes to 35.7 percent shooting from the field, including just 18.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Badgers struggled to contain the Buckeyes, allowing them to shoot 42.9 percent from the field and 55.6 percent from beyond the arc.
American ranks eighth in the nation in scoring defense, allowing its opponents to score 58.6 points per game on average.
American allowed its opponents to score more than 70 points in a game just five times this season, the same number of times it held its opponents to under 50 points.
By comparison, Wisconsin allowed its opponents to score more than 70 points 12 times this season, and held opponents to less than 50 points just twice.
American held its opponents to 9.675 points below their season average this season.
As the season went on, the Eagles' defense got stronger. In games 1-8, teams were held an average of 7.5 points below their season average; in games 9-18, teams were held an average of 9.3 points below their season average; and in games 19-32, teams were held an average of 11.2 points below their season average.
The Eagles' defense really impressed during the three games of the Patriot League Tournament where they held opponents to 28.59 points below their season average.
The Eagles have 11 players on their roster listed as 6-foot-5 or shorter. Zach Elcano is the Eagles' tallest player at 6-foot-11, but he only plays 5.7 minutes per game.
American starts a 5-foot-9 point guard, two 6-foot-5 wing players and 6-foot-8 and 6-foot-10 post players.
American's starting five has accounted for 5,009 of the 6,435 total minutes of playing time on the season.
Wisconsin's starting five has accounted for 5,132 of the 6,600 total minutes of playing time on the season.
Both starting fives account for 77.8 percent of the team's total minutes.
American holds a lifetime winning percentage of 0.0435 (1-22) against teams currently in the Big Ten. The lone victory came against Penn State back in 1948.
American and Wisconsin have never played before.
American's starting center, Tony Wroblicky shoots 71.4 percent from the free-throw line. It's of importance because he shoots his free throws one-handed.
The Eagles lead the country with assists on 65.7 percent of their field goals.
The Eagles have never won a game in two NCAA Tournament appearances.
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