Just like that, Selection Sunday is here.
For Wisconsin fans, it feels like just yesterday that Coaching Search WTF 2.0 was in full gear. Now, we're talking about the prospect of the Badgers' men's basketball team making a second consecutive Final Four run.
Of course, the selection show is the least of Wisconsin's worries at present. First up is Michigan State, UW's opponent in the Big Ten tournament championship. Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m. in Chicago on CBS. A win would mean the Badgers have a fantastic shot at No. 1. A loss would make those odds pretty long, but there's nothing shameful about another No. 2 seed and a Big Ten tourney title game berth.
Michigan State overcome a 16-point, first-half deficit to defeat Maryland 62-58 on Saturday, marking its fourth straight win. The beginning of the Associated Press' recap, if not a little bit worthy of an eye role, captured what the college basketball world is seeing in this Spartans team right now:
CHICAGO -- Tom Izzo mentioned Magic Johnson and Steve Smith. He credited the greats from the past for setting the tone, planting the seeds for this annual ritual.
March rolls around and Michigan State kicks into gear. It's happening again, folks.
We'll see about that. A Wisconsin win and subsequent No. 1 seeding would have folks talking about another deep March run and the prospect of a rematch with college basketball's undisputed titans, the Kentucky Wildcats.
So get set, and join us here on B5Q. We'll have a preview or two up before Wisconsin-Michigan State, we'll of course have the game thread and we'll also have a thread for Selection Sunday. Here's the TV info for the selection show, in case you need it:
When: 5 p.m. CT
And here's a roundup of Wisconsin-related bracketology ahead of today's slate of games:
SB Nation: No. 2 vs. No. 15 Lafayette, Midwest regional in Omaha
ESPN: No. 1 vs. No. 16 North Florida, West regional in Omaha
CBS Sports: No. 1 vs. No. 16 Lafayette, West regional in Louisville
Fox Sports: No. 2 vs. No. 15 Albany, Midwest regional in Columbus
Bracket Matrix: No. 2, 1.52 average seed in 100 brackets
Finally, today's list of games:
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
|Atlantic Ten Conference Championship|
||(5) VCU (25-9, 12-6 A10)||vs||(2) Dayton (25-7, 13-5 A10)|
|Southeastern Conference Championship|
||(2) Arkansas (26-7, 13-5 SEC)||vs||(1) Kentucky (33-0, 18-0 SEC)|
|Sun Belt Conference Championship|
||(2) Georgia Southern (22-8, 14-6 SBC)||vs||(1) Georgia State (23-9, 15-5 SBC)|
|American Athletic Conference Championship|
|2:15 p.m. CT
||(6) Connecticut (20-13, 10-8 AAC)||vs||(1) SMU (26-6, 15-3 AAC)|
|Big Ten Conference Championship|
||(3) Michigan State (23-10, 12-6 Big Ten)||vs||(1) Wisconsin (30-3, 16-2 Big Ten)|