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Bo Ryan: Records don't matter anymore

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The road to the Final Four has finally been traveled. After weeks of playing and days of talking, it is tip-off time in Arlington.

The game has been billed as a match-up of polar opposite programs. Kentucky with their high school All-Americans are tall and athletic. Wisconsin is the little overachievers that use a system to overcome their lack of size and athleticism. At least, that's what the outside world seems to think.

It's been a roller coaster season for the Wisconsin Badgers. The team started out with a 16-0 record, only to drop off a cliff of then losing 5 of 6 games.

Head coach Bo Ryan has been preaching it all season that he doesn't care about records or rankings, or even the fact that they came into this tournament as a two seed. He said it's about keeping it simple, something he says he takes into every job he's ever had.

"Every place I’ve been, wherever I was an employee, the paycheck always went into the account," Ryan said. "My wife gives me $150 a month as an allowance, whether I need it or not. I don't get caught up in all that other stuff," said Ryan.

When Ryan was asked about the biggest difference between getting this far at Division III and Division I levels, he said "In Division III, I get to enjoy a good doughnut and a diet pop before the game. At the Division I level, my every move is getting dissected by thousands of people.

Tip-off is set for 7:49 p.m.

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