Wisconsin & Montana NCAA Tournament Second Round Matchup

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The Montana Grizzlies tore through the Big Sky conference this year with a 15-1 record, while the Wisconsin Badgers scratched their way through a tough Big Ten for a 12-6 conference record. Today, they're facing of as the 13 and 4 seeds, respectively in the East region of the 2012 NCAA Tourney. Wisconsin is making their 14th straight appearance in the Tournament, while Montana is making their 9th overall and first since 2010.

All eyes are on Wisconsin's senior point guard Jordan Taylor, the previous All-American who leads his team in both points and assists this year. On the Grizzlies' side, they are led by their point guard Will Cherry, who is averaging 16 points a game this season.

Montana Grizzlies Starters:

Derek Selvig:
Senior, F
PPG: 9.2
RPG: 6.1
APG: 3.0

Mathias Ward
Junior, F
PPG: 11.1
RPG: 4.0
APG: 0.6

Will Cherry
Junior, G
PPG: 16.0
RPG: 3.9
APG: 3.4

Art Steward
Senior, F
PPG: 9.2
RPG: 4.7
APG: 1.4

Kareem Jamar
Sophomore, G-F
PPG: 13.8
RPG: 5.6
BLKPG: 0.6

Wisconsin Badgers Starters

Jared Berggren
Junior, F-C
PPG: 10.5
RPG: 5.0
APG: 0.7

Ryan Evans
Junior, F
PPG: 10.9
RPG: 6.8
APG: 1.6

Jordan Taylor
Senior, G
PPG: 14.7
RPG: 3.7
APG: 4.0

Josh Gasser:
Sophomore, G
PPG: 7.7
RPG: 4.3
APG: 1.9

Mike Bruesewitz
Junior, F
PPG: 5.5
RPG: 5.3

Here's some more matchup stats, courtesy of ESPN:


Here's some early Twitter reaction. Some people arte definitely feeling the upset today.

That Montana vs. Wisconsin match up is going to be a good one. Plenty of people picking Montana.(image) 7 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Whose excited for this Wisconsin vs Montana game? Can't wait for that one(image) 12 minutes ago via Echofon ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

My upset pick of the day: Montana over Wisconsin. It's a lock.(image) 16 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Wishing I was sick, so I could watch the Wisconsin-Montana game. Thinking it may the jewel of the first round.(image) 41 minutes ago via txt ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

What are your thoughts on the game? Let us know in the comments.

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