The Wisconsin Badgers are usually good for a pair of upsets per-year but this season is beginning to be more than stellar for the folks in Madison.
The Badgers have been to the NCAA Tournament 18 times, including each of the past 13 seasons. It’s fair to say Wisconsin is no stranger to success but the Badgers are rarely finding a matchup against a ranked opponent they don’t like lately.
The circumstances greatly favor the Badgers and Wisconsin has the players to go deep into the tournament.
The experienced core of Jared Berggren, Ben Brust and Ryan Evans are carrying the team right now, but Wisconsin has a very underrated freshman in Sam Dekker.
Berggren leads the team with 11.8 points and 2.0 blocks per-game and each of his aforementioned teammates average at least 9.5 PPG this season and with the exception of Evans, all shoot at least 45-percent from the field.
It’s a unique situation in that none of the four are particularly dominant but they all play wall off each other and team chemistry absolutely can carry a team into a strong postseason run.
The Badgers have their playmakers on offense but the Wisconsin defense has held opponents under 60 points un all but six games this season. If the defense can hold up while the ball gets into the hands of the Badgers’ diverse offense, Wisconsin could be a serious bracket-buster come March.
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