Ryan thinks 5 or 6 Big Ten teams should make it into tourney

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin basketball coach Bo Ryan thinks five or six teams in the Big Ten Conference deserve spots in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Ryan's Badgers will certainly be one of them, holding a 24-4 overall record and 14-2 in the conference.

But Ryan said Monday on a coaches conference call that he doesn't think the conference is in a down year as some have suggested.

Six of the 11 teams in the conference have a winning record.

Wisconsin takes on Penn State on Wednesday for its final home game of the season. It finishes the regular season Saturday at Northwestern before heading into the conference tournament.

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