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25 March 2016: The Wisconsin Badgers band during the Notre Dame Fighting Irish game versus the Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet Sixteen round of the Division I Men's Championship at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire)

Wisconsin basketball tickets sell out in record three minutes

Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire

The University of Wisconsin announced on Thursday that tickets in the student section of the Kohl Center sold out within a record three minutes of going on sale. This means that the “Grateful Red” section of the arena for men’s basketball has sold out in 12 of the last 15 seasons.

The school did say that there are still some three-game packages available during the winter break period. The package is available until September 23 at 4:30pm and includes tickets to games against Florida A&M, Rutgers and Ohio State.

The packages are priced at $30.

The University will also allow students to sell single game tickets for the aforementioned winter break games starting on October 11 for $11 apiece. Students may purchase up to two tickets.

The Badgers will be entering their first full season under head coach Greg Gard, who took over in December of last season when Bo Ryan abruptly retired. Wisconsin finished with a 22-13 (12-6 in conference) regular season record, good for sixth-place in the Big Ten. Wisconsin also notably advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, where they were beaten by Notre Dame, 61-56.

The year prior, Wisconsin went all the way to the National Championship Game, thanks in large part to the play of future NBA first-round draft picks Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker. They were beaten 68-63 by Jahlil Okafor and the Duke Blue Devils.

Expectations are high for a Badgers team returning just about all of its primary contributors from last year’s squad. Leading scorer Nigel Hayes declined to enter the 2016 NBA Draft in order to return to school for his senior season.

The Badgers will get their season underway on October 30 when they host UW-Platteville.

Wisconsin basketball tickets sell out in record three minutes

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