Wisconsin Basketball: Lunardi’s latest bracketology projections

The Wisconsin basketball team has a 3-seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology.

The NCAA Tournament is still weeks away, but it is never too early to look at predictions of where the Wisconsin basketball team will land in the tournament.

It has already been announced that the tournament would take place entirely in Indianapolis. That means the regions won’t make as much of a difference in the seedings. For the Badgers, that could be a small advantage. Indianapolis is a central location for the country, but it is only a 5-hour bus ride from the Kohl Center to Indianapolis. Other teams, like Gonzaga, will have to come from much farther away. Now, it really won’t be too much of an advantage, especially once we are a few rounds into the bracket, but initially, this could help the Wisconsin basketball team.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi updates his bracketology weekly. From the start of the season, the Badgers have been fluctuating between a 2 and 3-seed in the bracketology. This is a week that could really help the Badgers move up in the bracketology next week.  The no. 9 Badgers are 10-2 ahead of their matchup with the no. 7 Michigan Wolverines, who are still undefeated (10-0) this season. Right now, the Wolverines have a 2-seed in Lunardi’s bracketology.

After the Michigan game, the Badgers will travel to Piscataway to play Rutgers (7-4). Rutgers, who is now unranked, spent the whole season in the top-25. They got as high as no. 11 and was most recently no. 15 before they dropped out of the rankings this week after losing to Michigan St. and Ohio St. last week. The Scarlet Knights have lost three of their last four games. Currently, Rutgers is a 7-seed in ‘Region 3,’ the same region as Wisconsin basketball.

If the Badgers can go 2-0 this week, I could see them bumping up to a 2-seed by next week. And you never know, college basketball is crazy, if a few teams ahead of them lose, they could get as high as a 1-seed, but that may be a bit of a stretch.

Either way, the Badgers have a chance to vastly improve their resume for Selection Sunday if they can win the pair of road games this week. They remain on track to get a high seed for the tournament and hopefully, in turn, a deep run in the tournament.