Wofford College's First Basketball Dance Draws Tough Date In Wisconsin

Lee W.Correspondent IMarch 15, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Guard Trevon Hughes #3 of the Wisconsin Badgers controls the ball against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2010 Southern Conference champion Wofford will challenge #4 seed Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, FL at the 15,000 seat Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, March 19th.

Wofford players, fans, and alumni celebrated Selection Sunday at Wofford's Leonard Auditorium. The City of Spartanburg also held a parade for the Southern Conference Champs.

The white-hot Terriers rolled over Appalachian State 56-51 on Monday in Charlotte, to guarantee the school's first bid to the Tournament and also won their 13th straight game.

Wofford will be one of the smallest colleges in the history of the Big Dance with an approximate student enrollment of 1,100. Wofford boasts a higher average SAT (1,239), than enrollment (1,100), according to the Wofford Basketball Media Guide. Benjamin Johnson Arena holds 3,500 fans.

The small Terriers have enjoyed large success and surprised everyone this season in making their first appearance to the Big Dance in 2010. Coach Mike Young led Wofford to a 15-3 record in SOCON play this year. The Dogs' upset local SEC schools South Carolina and Georgia in what has turned out to be a special season in 2010.

6-6 All-SOCON Foward Noah Dahlman protects the Terriers, while other contributors include Junior Salters, Jamar Diggs, Cameron Rundles, Brad Loesing, and Tim Johnson. Wofford finished the season with a 26-8 record and a 15-3 mark in SOCON play.

Wofford will be heavy underdogs  to the Wisconsin Badgers on Friday. The Badgers finished the regular season with a 23-8 tally, going 13-5 in Big 10 play. Wofford's total odds of winning the tournament according to Sheridan’s odds are 50 million to one . Instate neighbor Winthrop is given a 1gogolplex to one chance in the Tournament. Nevertheless, the pesky Terriers will fight on.