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SBN Wisconsin Hall of Fame Nomination #3: Bo Ryan

This is the third of 10 posts revealing the Wisconsin Badgers' 10 nominees for possible induction into SBN Wisconsin's Hall of Fame. The nominees are revealed in order of most votes from the B5Q readership.

Hall-of-Fame inductions rarely happen for players and coaches who are still active, but with Bo Ryan's 217-82 record at Wisconsin in nine seasons, it's not surprising the UW men's basketball head coach received the third most votes and will see his name on SBN Wisconsin's Hall of Fame ballot.

Ryan has led the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in all nine of his seasons at UW and won three Big Ten titles. But as impressive as his numbers are at Wisconsin, Ryan is just as deserving for his work at UW-Platteville where he won four Division III National Titles and won 82 percent of his games.

UW-Milwaukee fans also credit Ryan for laying the groundwork that led to Bruce Pearl's success with the Panthers. Ryan coached two seasons at UWM and posted back-to-back winning seasons.

Ryan has spent his entire collegiate coaching career in the state of Wisconsin including a stint as an assistant at Wisconsin from 1976-84. There's little doubt he is the most successful basketball coach in Wisconsin and one of the best coaches the NCAA has ever seen.

Ryan joins Ron Dayne, Barry Alvarez and seven other Badgers on the SBN Wisconsin Hall of Fame ballot which will also include 10 nominees each from the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette Golden Eagles. Once again, all voting will be done by SBNation readers