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NCAAs in Buffalo: Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech

NCAA Tournament first round

No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech

Thursday at KeyBank Center, Buffalo (follows 7:15 p.m. Villanova vs. Mount St. Mary's/New Orleans in evening session).

WISCONSIN

Location: Madison, Wis.

Miles from Buffalo: 682.

Student population: 43,338.

Nickname: Badgers.

Colors: Badger red and white.

Conference: Big Ten.

Record: 25-9.

Tournament appearance: 23

How they made it: At-large bid.

Coach: Greg Gard (2 years, 40-17 record).

Fast fun fact: Star forward Nigel Hayes took part in the "Battle for Bascom 2016" on March 4, an epic snowball fight featuring hundreds of students that pits members of the Lakeshore residence halls against those of the Southeast residences halls.

Fast fun WNY fact: "On Wisconsin!"the Badgers' fight song, is the same one used at Kenmore West High School.

Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams has the Hokies in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. (Getty Images)

VIRGINIA TECH

Location: Blacksburg, Va.

Miles from Buffalo: 534.

Student population: 31,090.

Nickname: Hokies.

Colors: Maroon and orange.

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference.

Record: 22-10.

Tournament appearance: 9.

How they made it: At-large bid.

Coach: Buzz Williams. (3 years, 53-47).

Fast fun fact: Virginia Tech remains one of three public universities in the country (Texas A&M and North Georgia College and State University are the others) with both an active corps of cadets and "civilian" lifestyle on its campus.

Fast fun WNY fact: Current Bills starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor ranks second in career passing yardage at Virginia Tech, with 7,017 compiled from 2007-10. No. 1 on the Hokies' all-time passing list is Logan Thomas, who is currently a tight end on the Bills' roster.

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