Everything you need to know about the Wofford Terriers

Location: Spartansburg, South Carolina
Conference: Southern
Record: 26-8 (15-3, 1st Place)
Coach: Mike Young (116-125 in 7 years at Wofford)
Enrollment: 1,450 students

The Terriers returned five starters this season from a team that went 16-14 a year ago. Wofford was hoping to make the NCAA Tournament in 2009, but it was upset by Elon in the first round of the SoCon Tournament. On top of five returning starters, Young brought into two transfers from the state of Minnesota who played AAU ball with Noah Dahlman (16.8), the team's leading scorer. Those two transfers, Jamar Diggs (9.4 ppg) and Cameron Rundles (6.6 ppg) became two of the team's top four scorers. Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor is familiar with all three Minnesota natives, having played AAU basketball against them.

Wofford enters the NCAA Tournament on a 13-game winning streak and finished first in the Southern Conference with a 15-3 record.

How they got here: Wofford beat Appalachian State 56-51 in the SoCon Tournament Championship Game March 8.

Key wins: at Georgia (60-57), vs. South Carolina (68-61)

Impressive loss: at Pittsburgh (63-60)

Common opponents: at Illinois (lost 78-64), at Michigan State (lost 72-60)

How Wisconsin and Wofford Compare

The Terriers get most of the their points on easier shots closer to the basket, which could be a problem for them against Wisconsin's big men. However, they also get to the line a lot as they attempt 24 free throws per game. Dahlman and Diggs combined for 346 free throw attempts this season and they both shoot over 70 percent from the line.

Wofford will likely try to get Jon Leuer and Keaton Nankivil in foul trouble early. Both Wisconsin big men should be capable of stopping the Terriers down low if they can stay in the game.

While Wisconsin gets 34 percent of its scoring from behind the 3-point line, Wofford only gets 25 percent from deep. Junior Salters is Wofford's only major threat from behind the arc as he hit 66 threes this season.

Other than that, both teams are in the upper 60s in points per game, while Wofford averages only five more possessions per game than Wisconsin. The Terriers don't turn the ball over too much, averaging 11.9 per game.

This game will likely be decided by Wisconsin's post defense. Dahlman is only 6-9, so as long as UW can stay out of foul trouble, they should be able to defend him. He doesn't have a great jump shots, but will try to out muscle and hustle you in the paint to get to the basket. He is Wofford's only double-digit scorer.

 

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