We all know the stars for three Big Ten teams remaining in the NCAA tourney. But who are the X-factors for each team as we head toward the Sweet 16?
Beware the Badgers. This is a seasoned team that most agree was way underseeded in this NCAA tourney bracket. Wisconsin finished second in the Big Ten in the regular season and advanced to the league title game. Still, the Selection Committee slotted UW as a No. 8. What?
The Big Ten has three teams in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year and for the third time in the last four years. It’s the most Sweet 16 teams the conference has had in a year since it put four in the regional semis in 2013.
Down go the defending champs, as No. 8 seed Wisconsin knocked off No. 1 Villanova, 65-62. The Badgers move on to their fourth straight Sweet 16, and their sixth in the last seven seasons.
No. 8 Wisconsin faces No. 1 Villanova in the East Region on Saturday afternoon. The winner advances to the Sweet 16, which Wisconsin has advanced to each of the last three seasons and five of the last six.
Koenig's eight 3-pointers were a school single-game NCAA mark as the Badgers downed Virginia Tech.
For what it's worth, Barack Obama doesn't see the Big Ten having much success in the NCAA tournament. See the former President's full bracket inside.
If one of the Big Ten's seven teams is going to reach the summit, a key player for each squad will need to step up. And, here is that key player, according to BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart.
Now that you've had a couple days to consider the NCAA tournament bracket, BTN researcher Harold Shelton decided it was as good time to share 10 fun Big Ten facts about the NCAA tourney.
This is a seasoned team that has played a lot of NCAA games in recent years, winning nine of their last 10 NCAA opening tilts. Wisconsin was the NCAA runner-up in 2015 and reached the Final Four in 2014. Last year, the Badgers played in the Sweet 16.