Over the last week Wisconsin basketball had quite the roller coaster ride as a program. On one end the team dropped a winnable game at Iowa, and days later lost two of their top scorers. One to suspension, one to a program departure. On the other end of the spectrum the Badgers pulled off a much needed upset over Michigan State to right the ship in the direction. Despite that, the Badgers have dropped in the latest release of bracketology. See where the Badgers and other teams land below.
Wisconsin may have pulled off a big upset against Michigan State, but it still appears that the Badgers have dropped in their seeding. Last week the Badgers were a projected 7-seed, but this week has them as an 8-seed in the South Region. In that game they would take on the USC Trojans in the 8/9 match up.
The winner of that would get a massive test as they would likely land a match up with the tournaments top overall seed in Baylor. The Bears have dominated the college basketball circuit winning 19 straight on their way to the top spot in the AP Poll. It’s fair to say that the next nine games will be important for the Badgers as they try to finesse out of that 8-seed into a more favorable match up.
Big Ten Report
The Big Ten conference continues to dominate the tournament as they increased their overall number of teams to 11. Currently the Maryland Terrapins lead the way for the conference as a higher overall three seed than the Michigan State Spartans who also occupy a 3 line. Then comes the Iowa Hawkeyes who are currently projected as a five seed. Further down comes the cluster of teams in the 6-8 seed mark with Penn State, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, and Rutgers all falling in that range. Rounding out the 11 is the Purdue Boilermakers who are currently trending downward and are slated as one of the last four teams to make the tournament. That would mean they would be a part of the first four games in Dayton, Ohio.
The biggest surprise for me in this latest release is the number of teams that are trending downward in the overall tournament. In Joe Lundari’s projection, a total of 14 teams have gotten the dreaded red arrow which means they have dropped from their position in the last release. 14 is a very high mark, which encapsulates this college basketball season as a whole. Each and every conference is tough, and each and every stretch of the schedule for teams continues to be tough. Leading the way of course of the Big Ten, as four of their eleven teams have dropped down. That stat line just further proves how deep the Big Ten is, and how hard it is to pick up wins, especially away from your own court.
Region I’d Most Like to Watch?
Once again the best region to watch appears to be in St. Louis. In one cluster you’ve got a good first round match up between Arizona and Oklahoma. The winner of that would take on the winner of Michigan State/Wright State. In the other cluster you have another good first round game in BYU/Indiana and the winner of that would take on the winner of Louisville/UC Irvine. In the second rounds of that region you have a possible match up of blue bloods as you get Arizona/Michigan State and a possible Indiana/Louisville on top of it. Overall, that’s a great opening weekend of games.
Worst Possible Final Four?
Duke, Oregon, Iowa, and Florida. Do I really need to say more?
Best Possible Final Four?
Baylor, Maryland, Auburn, West Virginia. As of right now these four teams are playing the best basketball. At the end of the day you want to see quality teams taking on quality teams, so I’d take the teams playing their best at this point in the season.