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|
|5 Seeds||6 Seeds||7 Seeds||8 Seeds|
|9 Seeds||10 Seeds||11 Seeds||12 Seeds|
|Notre Dame||California||Florida State||Stephen F. Austin|
|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|
|Arkansas LR||Notherm Illinois||Yale||Hampton|
|Last Four In||First Four Out||Next Four Out|
|Wichita State||Northwestern||Rhode Island|
|Oregon State||Georgetown||St. Joseph's|
- 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.