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Badger Bits: Talkin' Bracketology again!

After winning back-to-back games, Wisconsin is back in the Tournament picture and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has all the projected brackets here. The Badgers are listed anywhere between a No. 9 seed to a No. 12 seed or not in at all. ESPN's Joe Lunardi (who usually loves the Badgers) has Wisconsin among the first four teams out of the tournament.

Some more links:
  • Former UW fullback Chris Pressley will be chronicling his run at the NFL at JSOnline.com. In his first post, The Prez talks about the difficulties of being a captain during such a bad season. Personally, I think some NFL team has to take a chance on Pressley. He's a great fullback and an even better person. I had the chance to live down the hall from Prez in 2004 and he was always a stand up guy whenever I talked with him.
  • Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal details how the men's hockey team is in one of the closest races for the MacNaughton Cup ever.
  • In his look at the week ahead in the Big Ten, Rob Schultz of The Capital Times says the NCAA Tournament selection committee values the final 10 games of a team's season when determining its at-large bids. That's good news for the Badgers, who ended their six-game losing streak with nine games left in the regular season and at least one conference tournament game still to be played.
  • Finally, from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, suspended Hawkeyes' guard Anthony Tucker spoke to the media Monday for the first time since being declared academically ineligible for the spring semester. The story brings a lot of light to what has certainly been the strangest saga in the Big Ten this season. After hitting a total of 26 threes in his first six games, the freshman was on pace to be the breakout player in the conference this year. But in December Tucker was cited for public intoxication and he started battling mononucleosis around the same time. Then came the news of his grades. It's somewhat scary to think about what Tucker and fellow freshman Matt Gatens could have accomplished this season, but Tucker says he does not plan to transfer so the combo should get that chance next season.