There’s no room for both – and come Thursday night either Wisconsin or Baylor will be headed to the Elite 8.
Wisconsin, who had the luxury of home-court advantage in Milwaukee through the first two rounds, will board the plane Wednesday and arrive in Anaheim, Calif., the site of the next two rounds for teams out of the West.
The team as a whole has had one of the best in program history, away from the Kohl Center. Wisconsin is 14-4 away from home this season, going 6-1 at neutral sites and 8-3 in true road venues. 2014 was the first time in school history Wisconsin was victorious in 12 regular season match-ups away from home.
The Badgers are no stranger to success in the tourney or the Sweet 16. It’s also the 16th consecutive season UW has moved into the NCAA Championship Tourney. Wisconsin has advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 6th time in the Bo Ryan era and the 3rd time in the last 4 seasons.
Coming into the tourney with seven losses didn’t bother the selection committee as UW still boasts one of the nation’s best resumes, ranking No. 6 in the RPI having played the nation’s 2nd-toughest schedule. UW is 6-1 vs.
AP Top 25 teams and 9-4 against the NCAA tournament field.
Wisconsin is enjoying its best offensive season in the 13 years under Ryan. Averaging 73.9 ppg, the Badgers rank 5th in the nation in offensive efficiency. They’ve been even better in the NCAA tourney where they are scoring 80.0 ppg.
They continue to lead the NCAA field in turnovers, just 8 per game. They are also committing very few fouls, ranking second with 15 fouls per 40 minutes.