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College Basketball: Badgers Can't Cut Corners in Preseason

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Preseason practices are underway for a Wisconsin men's basketball team that returns all five starters that are coming off a trip to the Sweet-16 under head coach Greg Gard, but this is his first preseason as the bench boss of the Badgers.

Preseason practices requires preparation. Coach Gard said he dug as far back as the mid 1990's looking at old practice schedules and routines to find what was the constants year after year. 

"We have to do the same thing. We can't bypass any of those steps along the way. We have to check every box along the way like I've said a few times to them. We have to understand it is a step by step process."

The Badgers reached the NCAA Sweet-16 last season, and was eliminated from the NCAA national tournament with 61-56 loss to Notre Dame. 

"We can't fast forward out of October and think we are going to land in February sometime and not have to put in the time and do the right things along the way to make whatever comes down the road a possibility." 

The Badgers will host UW-Platteville in exhibition play on October 30 at the Kohl Center at 5pm.

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