By now I’m sure you already know that the Wisconsin Badgers earned a two seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play the American University Eagles on Thursday in Milwaukee, WI.
And if you didn’t know that, where the hell have you been?!
Now what you may not know is anything about the American University Eagles. Have no fear kids, I’m here to give you the 411 on the Badgers second round opponent. (Side note: I hate calling it the second round because, let’s be honest here, it’s not the second round! Those so-called “play-in” games should have never been called the first round. Anyways I just had to get that off my chest. Carry on.)
The Eagles play in the Patriot League made up of teams generally on the east coast. American University won the Patriot League tournament championship to earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament by beating the regular season champion Boston University.
Sophomore Jesse Reed leads the American University Eagles in scoring with 13.9 points per game, fifth best in the Patriot League.
American University can make shots, shooting 49.5% from the floor, good enough for seventh-best in the NCAA. With that though they did not score many points. The Eagles rank 316th in the country, only scoring 63.9 points per game and their 30.1 rebounds per game is a measly 339th overall in the nation.
The level of competition the Eagles faced this year was not the toughest in the country. Their RPI is 122 and the strength of schedule was only 235. Compare that to the Badgers, who come in having an RPI of 7 and strength of schedule second-best in the nation, and this game looks like it could go well in the favor of Wisconsin.
But Bo Ryan and company know that no team in the tournament is to be taken lightly, especially one like American University. There’s a reason why the Eagles won their league tournament to earn a berth in the big dance.
Wisconsin and American will tip-off at 11:40 a.m. on Thursday with the game being televised on truTV. The game will be played at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.