Wisconsin rides the killer Bs into NCAA tourney

CREATED Mar 20, 2013

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  • University of Wisconsin's Jared Berggren (40), Ben Brust (1), and Ryan Evans (5) react in the final minutes as a wind became apparentduring tWisconsin Badgers 68-56 win over third ranked Indiana at the Big Ten Men's basketball tournament Friday, March 15, 2013, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, Saturday, March 16, 2013. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Rick Wood

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Badgers are in the NCAA tournament for the 15th consecutive year and are preparing for a Friday game against Mississippi.

The Badgers are No. 5 seed and senior Jared Berggren says the team has found success sticking to its defensive principles.

The Badgers beat both Indiana and Michigan last week in the Big Ten tournament, relying on its stifling defense and timely scoring.

Wisconsin currently ranks fourth in scoring defense (55.9 points per game) among Division I teams, finished first last season (53.2 ppg) and has ranked among the top 10 in the category for seven straight seasons.