Don’t let this polar vortex fool you people. March Madness is right around the corner. Before you know it we will be glued to our televisions on selection Sunday wondering who and where our favorite teams will be playing.
For Wisconsin fans, right now marks the beginning of what could become a real wild ride in the coming weeks.
Let’s take a look at what is directly ahead for this Badgers basketball team. For starters they must take care of business in their final three games of the regular season, beginning with a trip to Penn State on Sunday. They follow that with a date at home against Purdue and finish March 9 on the road in Nebraska. Should all be winnable games, but this is the B1G we are talking about and anything is possible.
Next stage we have to look at is the B1G conference tournament, something Wisconsin has only won twice (2004 and 2008). I’ve heard some talk recently of should Wisconsin be a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament if they happen to win out the regular season and conference tournament. As of now Wisconsin would earn a first round bye in the conference tournament as they are currently holding onto the three spot in the B1G.
It’s simple really for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team. If they want to improve on their tournament seeding, they must be impressive from here until selection Sunday. Win the B1G tournament and who knows that seed the Badgers might end up with. There’s a very, very slim chance, depending on what everyone else does, that the Badgers sneak in as a No. 1 seed.
Another reason why these next few weeks are important is because Wisconsin has a possibility of playing the second and third rounds in Milwaukee. That’s about as close to a home-court advantage as you can get in the tournament, especially in the opening rounds. I’m not saying that’s a free pass into the Sweet Sixteen, but it certainly helps the cause.
There is a lot at stake in the coming weeks. If the Badgers take care of business like they have shown they can in the past, the road to the Final Four gets a little less bumpy. It’s a very interesting time for the Badgers basketball team and their fans that’s for sure. Par for the course as March Madness starts to wind up.