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Badgers hoping past fuels future success

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For the 18th straight year, the Badgers are headed to the NCAA Tournament. Very few teams in the field have played as many tournament games as the Badgers over the past few years. Veterans, such as Zak Showalter, are hoping that experience will pay dividends.

"I think it helps us a lot. At this time of year, experience and stuff like that goes a long way. I think to be able to play in those big games and play out on center stage is beneficial to our success and, hopefully, it will carry us forward."

As a team, the Badgers have plenty of experience. As individuals, however, they do not. Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig were prominent members of last year's team that made it to the championship game. Showalter and Vitto Brown played some minutes off the bench. The rest of the team, however, has logged almost no time in the postseason. Those newcomers are relying on the four veterans to show them the ropes.

"They went deep the last couple of years," says redshirt freshman Ethan Happ. "They'll be able to coach us up and tell us probably just to act like it's another game."

The Badgers will soon find out if that experience will pay off. They leave for St. Louis on Wednesday where they'll face Pittsburgh on Friday at 5:50 p.m. CT.

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