Selection Sunday is in just over a week. The Wisconsin Badgers only have one regular season game remaining. Some conference tournaments started days ago! Things are really heating up in terms of “who’s in” and “who’s out” for the NCAA Tournament. Thankfully, the Badgers are decidedly “in” the Tourney even if they don’t win another game before Selection Sunday. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but them’s the facts. Let’s see where the Badgers are projected in a handful of brackets:
- The premier bracketologist in the biz, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, finally released an updated bracket on Friday morning. We already knew that the Badgers were a 4-seed in his bracket, but we didn’t know who they were playing or where. Now we do.
Lunardi has the Badgers in the Midwest Region, playing in Tampa, Fla. against the 13-seed Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. If Wisconsin wins that game, they’d move on to play either the 5-seed BYU Cougars or the 12-seed East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Stephen F. Austin beat Duke earlier this year, so they are nothing to scoff at, but this pod seems to line up nicely for the Badgers to make the Sweet 16.
Kansas, Seton Hall and Kentucky are the top-three seeds in the Midwest here, with the Badgers likely to see the Jayhawks in the regional semis.
- CBS Sports bracketologist, Jerry Palm, does not seem to have the same respect for the Badgers resume as Lunardi. His Friday morning update still has Wisconsin as a 6-seed, a full two lines lower than Lunardi. Palm sees the Badgers in the West Region playing the 11-seed winner of a play-in game, either the Texas Longhorns or the Utah State Aggies.
The winner of the Wisconsin/Texas or Utah State game gets the ultimate “screw you” match up of most likely playing the 3-seed Duke Blue Devils in Greensboro, N.C. Ugh, that would be awful. Jerry Palm can eat butt forever.
Gonzaga, Maryland, Oregon and Ohio State are the other teams seeded higher than the Badgers and I have a personal distaste for every one of them (except the Zags, I don’t mind them). What a miserable region.
- SB Nation’s Chris Dobbertean released his newest update to the bracket on Friday afternoon, and while he doesn’t have a “bracket” he does everyone seeded so we can get an idea of who he thinks the Badgers might play.
Dobbertean has Wisconsin as a 4-seed in the Midwest Region playing their first round game in Sacramento, Calif. As far as potential 13-seeds that the Badgers could match up with, he has Stephen F. Austin, the Akron Zips, the Vermont Catamounts and the North Texas Mean Green as auto-bid teams that could wind up on that line.