The weather in Wisconsin is turning colder with shoveling becoming almost a daily occurrence in the Badger state. That can mean only one thing, the NCAA Tournament is getting closer as the days are starting to get a tad bit longer. Or something to that effect. Either way, March Madness is just about in sight as tournament talk is starting to heat up.
Sandwiched in between the Wisconsin Badgers first loss of the season to the Indiana Hoosiers Tuesday and me writing this post, well-respected ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi updated his field of 64. Sorry I don’t count those play-in games. Anyways you can click here to peek at Lunardi’s new and polished NCAA Tournament projections.
As you can see, even with the loss to the Hoosiers, Wisconsin is still hanging on to a No. 1 seed. You can credit that to not only playing in the tough Big Ten conference, but also a challenging non-conference schedule. Their win against a Florida Gators team that was depleted at the time has helped the cause as well as Billy Donovan’s squad is currently at a No. 2 seed and climbing.
Also if the Badgers are able to hold on to this top seed, they would play the opening rounds in Milwaukee, a short 78 mile trip east on I-94. Essentially home games for the Badgers and an easier trip to the Sweet Sixteen in Memphis, TN for Bo Ryan and his players. Come tournament time any advantage you can get in your favor is a major plus.
But there is still plenty of time between now and selection Sunday on the road to the Final Four in Arlington, TX. Anything can happen as we have already seen halfway through the season.
For the Badgers, hopefully they can keep winning and hit as few bumps as possible on the road. They don’t want to have to shovel themselves out of a deep snow bank. Trust me, this shoveling stuff is for the birds. Can’t it be March Madness already?