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Feb 20, 2012 -- 3:28pm

Sharing the Kohl Center

By TOM LEA
tlea@espnwisconsin.com

MADISON – Because his team has shot so poorly at home this season, a rather innocuous question regarding a potential link between UW’s 50 percent shooting effort from distance against Penn State and early morning shoot around didn’t seem to sit well with Bo Ryan.

“We haven’t been in the gym for a week,” Ryan, who’s team practiced inside the Nicholas-Johnson pavilion leading into UW’s game against Penn State, said. “There’s been several games when we haven’t been in the gym during the 11 years that I’ve been here.

“Our home record is still pretty good.”

Wisconsin basketball has to share the Kohl Center floor with both the women’s basketball team and men’s and women’s hockey. Typically, the UW men’s basketball team isn’t in the Kohl Center during the week unless it plays a mid-week game or the hockey teams are away.

If there’s a home hockey series it’s tough for UW to get into the Kohl Center for practice during the back half of a given week.

So Ryan’s squad practices in the Nicholas-Johnson facility, attached immediately adjacent to the Kohl Center.

“Of course you’d like to be in the gym that you’re going to play in when you’re at home,” Ryan said. “But it doesn’t work out that way all the time. But we’ve been doing that for over a decade. We work together.”

Ryan never did answer the original question, one that pondered whether UW shot longer during shoot around than it normally does.

“I haven’t made a home shoot around at home in 30 years,” Ryan said. “The assistants do the shoot around so if you timed it you tell me if you went long.”
 

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