Don’t count out the Badgers. In fact, this team may have been the Big Ten’s best hope for March glory all along. Yes, Wisconsin is only a No. 8 seed, but the Badgers are not a typical No. 8 seed.
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Remember way back when the national narrative was “the Big Ten is down?” It seems like a silly notion now, doesn’t it? The Big Ten has more than acquitted itself in the opening two rounds of the NCAA tourney.
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.
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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.