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Badger Bits: Bracketology gives Wisconsin No. 3 seed

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Anybody else looking forward to a high of 51 degrees tomorrow? I know I am -- spring is coming, my friends.

It just seems to be that time of year- snow is melting, pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training (sweet!), and the inevitable Bracketology posts are arriving. The Badgers still have six regular season games left, as well as the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis, but March Madness kicks off in 26 days!

Dave Heller of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is getting into the spirit by tracking down some analysts and seeing where they have the Badgers seeded. ESPN's famed Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has the Badgers as a No. 3 seed, along with Georgetown, Purdue, and Florida. Lunardi is one of the few that predicts the whole field, and he has the Badgers playing Fairfield in the Chicago regional.

Obviously the Badgers aren't locked in to any spot yet- six games might not seem like a lot, but they still have to play both Purdue and Ohio State on the road. Nothing in life is guaranteed! With that said- be sure to vote in the poll!

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Unsurprisingly, Bo Ryan and Thad Matta have different opinions on "salivagate," according to Jeff Potrykus of the MJS. Seriously- unless they find out that some student actually spit on Sullinger, this is probably the last I'll write about it. If it happened, it's a dumb fan that did something stupid. If it didn't happen, it didn't happen. To me it's a non-story, and it's time to focus on Purdue.

Rob Schultz writes that the Badgers run the ball-screen almost to perfection, and it played a key role in Wisconsin's win over Ohio State.

Schultz also writes that even after beating the No. 1 team in the country, it was business as usual for Jordan Taylor and his teammates.

Potrykus also writes that a highly regarded Wisconsin recruit was in the Kohl Center for Saturday's game. Be sure to check out B5Q's basketball recruiting page while you're at it! Phil does a great job keeping up with all the recruiting tidbits.

Ed Treleven of the Wisconsin State Journal writes that former UW football player Jack Ikegwuonu and his twin were accused of stealing shoes from a Madison retail store back in October.

Let's move to some hockey news, shall we? The Badgers will look to rebound this weekend against the Minnesota Gophers, and head coach Mike Eaves answered some questions about the series for

Eaves also told Andy Baggot that now every series will have a playoff feel for the Badgers.

And finally, in honor of "Minnesota Sucks" week, I present one of the finer moments in NCAA men's hockey history, via Chuck Schwartz of Sixty Minutes.