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B5Q Bracketology Christmas Special: Bubble Badgers

Wisconsin has gone an underwhelming 6-4 since the first Bracketology segment, leaving the Badgers on the wrong side of the bubble.

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Almost everything imaginable, and unimaginable, in the world of college basketball has occurred since the last Bracketology Projections. North Carolina, Maryland, Duke, Kentucky all have shown they are, in fact, not invincible, while Michigan State and Providence have climbed the ranks behind the tremendous efforts of Denzel Valentine and Kris Dunn, the two early standouts for Player of the Year awards.

But most importantly, the Badgers lost their commander-in-chief, Bo Ryan. Furthermore, following a less with a less than impressive non-conference performance, Wisconsin clings onto the the outside of the bubble. Currently, Wisconsin sits at 8-6, with their best wins against an average VCU team and a Syracuse team which nobody knows exactly what to make of still. On top of that, the Badgers hurt their tournament resume evermore so following their underwhelming losses to Georgetown, Oklahoma, Marquette, and UW-Milwaukee. If Wisconsin wants to remain in the discussion for tournament talk, they're going to have to step up their game during Big Ten play. However, in such a powerful conference this year, it's going to take quite an effort from this young Badgers squad.

Nevertheless, it's still far too early to count the Badgers out. So, let's take a look at what they're currently up against in the most current B5Q Bracketology.

The Field of 68:

1 Seeds 2 Seeds 3 Seeds 4 Seeds
Michigan State North Carolina Xavier Arizona
Oklahoma Kentucky Iowa State Butler
Kansas Virginia Purdue Louisville
Maryland Duke Villanova Providence
5 Seeds 6 Seeds 7 Seeds 8 Seeds
West Virginia Utah Gonzaga Dayton
Miami Connecticut Oregon South Carolina
Cincinnati Texas A&M Syracuse Iowa
Baylor Vanderbilt Pittsburg George Washington
9 Seeds 10 Seeds 11 Seeds 12 Seeds
Northern Iowa Michigan Valparaiso Colorado
Indiana UCLA Davidson Monmouth
Notre Dame California Florida State Stephen F. Austin
Florida UNLV Texas Wichita State
USC Oregon State
13 Seeds 14 Seeds 15 Seeds 16 Seeds
Louisana Tech Belmont UC Irvine New Mexico State
James Madison South Dakota State Sacramento St. North Florida
Chattanooga Albany Army Southern
Arkansas LR Notherm Illinois Yale Hampton
High Point

Bubble Watch:

Last Four In First Four Out Next Four Out
Texas Texas Tech Wisconsin
USC LSU Seton Hall
Wichita State Northwestern Rhode Island
Oregon State Georgetown St. Joseph's

Notable Movers:

  • Michigan State managed to climb to the No. 1 overall team in the bracket with their impressive wins over Kansas, Providence and Louisville.
  • Providence proved they are for real this season. With a tremendous effort from Kris Dunn, and the rest of the Friars, they sit comfortably at a No. 4 Seed.
  • LSU could not sustain the Ben Simmons hype and is currently on the outside looking in.
  • California suffered a similar fate as LSU. However, they still hold onto a No. 10 Seed.
  • Xavier has shown they are the team to beat in the Big East this year, demolishing nearly every opponent they have faced. They have more than earned their No. 3 Spot.

With about three months until the Big Dance, and conference play right around the corner, we're only in store for some even better basketball. Let's hope the Badgers can be a part of that conversation going forward.