Bracketologists may have been skeptical of the Wisconsin Badgers before this past week, but now that UW is tied for first place in the toughest conference in the land, and because of tie-breakers is the No. 1 seed in the conference tourney, people are starting to take notice of ol’ Greg Gard and the boys.
When we last did this exercise, the Badgers were a 5-seed in Joe Lunardi’s bracket. Literally later that day, he moved Wisconsin up to the 4-line as the No. 16 team in the country. The Badgers could not be denied. Lunardi hasn’t updated his full bracket since March 2nd (he notes on Twitter that a new update is coming on Friday) but he has been updating his top-16 every night and...
There the Badgers remain at a 4-seed! Pretty crazy if you ask me. The team that lost to New Mexico in Brooklyn is now being picked to make the Sweet 16! What a world!!
Anyway, since Lunardi won’t have a new bracket to look over until tomorrow, let’s see what other people have to say about the Badgers from around the infotubes.
- Jerry Palm at CBS Sports has the Badgers as a 6-seed in the South Region (updated Thursday March 5th in the morning) playing the Wichita State Shockers in the first round. They share a pod with the 3-seed, Creighton Bluejays, and the 14-seed North Texas Mean Green. The pod would be playing their first two games in St. Louis, which wouldn’t be a terrible draw for Wisconsin fans. The Baylor Bears, Florida State Seminoles and Penn State Nittany Lions round out the other top seeds in that bracket.
- Chris Dobbertean right here at SB Nation also has Wisconsin as a 6-seed but in the East Region (updated on March 2nd, new update coming on Friday) playing the winner of the play-in game between the Wichita State Shockers and the Utah State Aggies in Albany, N.Y. The other game in this pod is the 3-seed Villanova Wildcats vs. the 14-seed Hofstra Pride.
- Dave Ommen over at NBC Sports has the Badgers as a 5-seed (updated Thursday March 5th in the afternoon) projected to play the 12-seeded Yale Bulldogs in the West Region. The other game in this pod would be the 4-seed Oregon Ducks and the 13-seed New Mexico State Aggies. The games would be in Spokane, Wash., so a big home crowd advantage for the Ducks, most likely.
- Michael Lazarus at Yahoo! has the Badgers as the top 6-seed playing in the East Region (updated Wednesday March 4th) against the Northern Iowa Panthers. The other match up in this pod would be the 3-seed Villanova Wildcats vs. the 14-seed UC-Irvine Anteaters.
We will have another update for you, possibly tomorrow, with where the Badgers stand with only one game remaining in the regular season.