To say this Wisconsin Badgers season has been an emotional rollercoaster would be an understatement. A huge understatement. At one point Wisconsin was an easy No. 1 seed in the tournament. After a few bumps in the road, the Badgers have dropped to a No. 3 seed. Not great but by no means horrible.
Two bracketologists, Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com, both have the Badgers sitting comfortably in the three spot. However, both respected gentleman see Wisconsin in two different regions.
We will start by looking at Palm’s projected bracket at this point. Palm has Bucky in the East region playing their opening round game in beautiful Orlando against Middle Tennessee State. It’s likely that Wisconsin moves on and would face the winner of the St. Louis-SMU game, setting up a possible rematch with St. Louis from earlier in the year. Win that and they possibly face No. 2 Cincinnati in the Sweet Sixteen.
How bout we keep going with the hypothetical for a bit, shall we? If they go on another remarkable run, the Badgers could be fighting for a berth in the Final Four against the Syracuse Orange. Honestly, that would be one match up I would absolutely love to see.
Now let’s take a look at Lunardi’s bracket. He has the Badgers in the South region playing their opening round game in beautiful, not so warm and hopefully sunny Milwaukee. Talk about a home court advantage, huh? Wisconsin would face Vermont in the opening round (should be a win), setting up a match up between the winner of the Oklahoma-Missouri winner. If they move on from that, Bucky would more than likely face Duke in the Sweet Sixteen. Not an easy game by any means.
But lets say for the sake of having some fun, that Wisconsin takes down Duke. Up next, could possibly be another rematch from an earlier win, this time the much-improved Florida Gators for a trip to the Final Four. Another game I would love to see with so much riding on the line.
Don’t look now, but selection Sunday is less than a month away. This time of year is always fun, especially to see potential match-ups for March Madness. Tighten your seatbelts, we’re all in for a crazy ride.