March 17, 2008

Badgers get unlucky draw as field of 65 is set

Category: NCAA General — Patrick Stumpf @ 3:24 pm

When the Badgers’ matchup flashed on the screen yesterday, I was upset. I don’t understand for the life of me why Wisconsin did not get a #2 seed. They did everything they could have done, including a 29-4 record, with both a regular season conference championship and the tourney championship. Couple that with a Duke loss to Clemson in the ACC tournament, and I thought for sure Bo’s Bunch would be destined for the second line. This is just a perfect example of how little respect the Big Ten gets, and how favored the ACC is. Even though Duke may be the better team, the fact that they loss to Clemson, previously unranked, show have merited a #3. Granted Clemson went on an impressive run and probably should have defeated #1 North Carolina, Duke has proved they aren’t at the level of a Kansas or UNC. As far as how in-state teams will do, I like Wisconsin to get past the first two rounds, but unfortunately, they should be upset in the sweet sixteen by Georgetown, purely because UW’s big men can compete with Roy Hibbert.

Other observations from Selection Sunday: Marquette received a pretty tough matchup against a Kentucky squad that has made some noise late in the season, without their star freshman Patrick Patterson. Despite that, I like Marquette to get past them and the #3 rated Stanford Cardinal in the second round. Their plethora of speed at guard will make them tough to run with, and I think Tom Crean’s Golden Eagles have found a rythm again at the ideal time.

Other teams I like to make a run in the Big Dance include Butler, Pittsburgh, Xavier, UCONN, and Clemson, who all have great balance.

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