Badgers Get An Eight Seed & Everyone Freaks Out
Wisconsin Badgers fans and former players are not having a good Sunday. They fell to Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament final, and NCAA Tournament committee seeded them an eight to play against Virginia Tech. That’s dangerously low. People had them anywhere from a five seed to a seven seed. No one saw Wisconsin as an eight seed. To pour more salt on the wounds, Minnesota, their hated rival, gets a five seed in Milwaukee. That didn’t make sense, but let’s try to figure out what went through the committee’s head.
Wisconsin had only five top 50 RPI wins all season. That’s not exactly a strong case for a solid resume. Wisconsin lost five of seven games down the stretch, and yes, they did get hot in Washington D.C. yet the writing may have been on the wall for a low seed. One thing to point out is the Big Ten Tournament results actually hurt them. If they played Iowa and Maryland versus Indiana and Northwestern, and if Wisconsin won those games, I believe their seed line is much higher than today. According to the committee, Badgers were the highest eight seed, you have to think if they were able to beat an Iowa or Maryland, it could have changed things.
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Wisconsin gets a tough matchup with Virginia Tech and an old friend, Buzz Williams. He went 3-3 as Marquette’s head coach versus Badgers. Hokies’ three-point shooting versus Wisconsin’s weak three-point defense will be a point to watch this week. If Wisconsin advances, they will play Villanova in what would be quite an interesting matchup.