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Badger Bits: Let's Look at the Schedule

With the heart of the Big Ten schedule coming up, it's going to be a true test over the next 11 games that will determine where the Badgers are going to be come March.

Football players dancing at the Kohl Center is funny, right?
Football players dancing at the Kohl Center is funny, right?
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To say that Wisconsin has a tough schedule coming up would be a giant understatement. Over the next 11 games, nine of those 11 teams are currently ranked in the top 25, and with the exception of #22 Michigan State, eight of the teams are ranked in the top 15.

When you start talking about a "tournament resume," these are the types of games that a potential bubble team needs to win. I know it’s crazy to think Wisconsin is going to win all of these games, although that would be incredibly impressive.

Here’s what can’t happen: Other than two games against Iowa, I would say that Wisconsin would need to go at least 6-5 during this stretch and improve to 17-9. Then the Badgers finish the season with four of their last five games against the bottom tier of the Big Ten standings.

If the Badgers season plays out how I believe it will, then they will have a regular season record of 22-9 and would more than likely end up with a moderate seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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