March Madness... in January? That's the point of this 64-team bracket cooked up by USA TODAY. Wisconsin would be the No. 5 seed in the West based on its 9-3 regular season, playing Ole Miss. That's boring compared to the real-life Capital One Bowl matchup with South Carolina. The Gamecocks, by the way, would be the No. 2 seed in the East, facing Boston College. Nine Big Ten teams made the bracket, including Maryland, which joins the fold next season.
WELL I JUST GOT WORD THAT THIS STINKS.
"This is why you don't give college football players a million weeks off before the bowl game!" said nobody.
South Carolina's official website has video and transcripts of head coach Steve Spurrier and quarterback Connor Shaw discussing the Gamecocks' Capital One Bowl berth. Wisconsin's should be up shortly.
Wisconsin fans, you may soon have that reason you've always been looking for to visit Atlantis. The 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis field was announced Tuesday, with the Badgers as part of the eight-team field also including Butler, Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina, Oklahoma, UAB and UCLA. The tournament will be held Nov. 26-28 at the resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas. Villanova won this year's edition last weekend.
Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif.), the nation's consensus No. 1 all-purpose running back, revealed his top four schools Tuesday. The list -- probably not in order, but you never really know (unless they tell you "NO ORDER" and then proceed to list the schools non-alphabeitcally and draw everyone into frenzy) -- isn't very surprising, perhaps aside from the inclusion of UCLA and the exclusion of Florida State. Mixon plans on making his decision at the Army All-American Jan. 4.
Seth Davis has a good read on Wisconsin's increased pace this season. Naturally -- and smartly, I think -- Bo Ryan's playing it down as largely a product of non-conference play. Traevon Jackson also gets credit for pushing the ball and attack the hoop more. One funny thing in there, though: Davis lumps previous forwards Ryan Evans, Mike Bruesewitz, Jon Leuer, Keaton Nankivil, Tim Jarmusz, Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft together as "wide-shouldered lumberjack forwards." Would you call any of those guys "lumberjacks?" Maybe Krabbenhoft?
Sam Dekker is one of 50 college basketball players named to the Naismith Trophy watch list Thursday. He was also named to the Wooden Award watch list earlier this season. I hope he wins.