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Bo Ryan Continues His Climb in Coaching Lore


Last weekend Bo Ryan became the 40th coach in NCAA history to win 700 games.

Among the coaches in the 700-club, Ryan’s .758 win pct. (700-222) ranks 7th best all time.

Let’s say it how it is – Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers win basketball games.

He’s reached the NCAA tournament in every one of his 13 season at the helm of the Badgers, and continues a run of 16 straight years in the tourney for Wisconsin. A streak which ranks fourth all-time among Division 1 programs (only Michigan State, Duke and Kansas have appeared more consistently).

UW has advanced to five, Sweet 16′s in the last 11 years. Only five NCAA programs; Duke, Kansas, Michigan State, North Carolina and Syracuse have made more trips than Wisconsin over that span.

What Ryan has accomplished at Wisconsin is impressive for any school, but considering the Badgers’ NCAA history prior to Ryan, it is particularly staggering.

Wisconsin’s 16 NCAA tournament wins since 2001-02 (Bo Ryan era) rank 13th in the nation and 3rd among Big Ten teams (Michigan State 23, Ohio State 18).

Only Mark Few at Gonzaga and Rick Barnes at Texas have started their tenure at a school with more consecutive appearances in the Big Dance, than Ryan.

If we look at 20 win seasons, Bo Ryan has 11 total in his 13 seasons – including the last seven consecutive. Prior to his arrival (103 seasons), UW had just four.

Through March 9, 2014, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are as close to unbeatable as anyone in the sport, at home. He’s compiled a record of 195-21 (.903) inside the friendly confines in Madison. Only Kansas, Duke, Memphis and Gonzaga have better home winning percentages over the last 13 seasons.

Ryan tied legendary Indiana coach Branch McCracken as the 2nd-fastest coach in conference history to record 100 Big Ten wins, doing so in 140 games. Only Bob Knight did it faster (131 games).

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