5 Reasons Why Wisconsin Should Have Been the No. 1 Seed

Reasons Why Wisconsin Should Have Been the No. 1 Seed

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There's no denying the top three overall seeds -- Florida, Arizona, and Wichita State -- earned the right to be a No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA tournament, but it's a different story with Virginia. NCAA Selection Committee chairman Ron Wellman noted Sunday on national television Wisconsin was not strongly considered for a one seed, but these five reasons suggest otherwise why the Badgers should replace the Cavaliers.

5. Strength of the Big Ten

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5. Strength of Big Ten

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Throughout the entire college basketball season, there has been constant debate about what conference is the best in the land, but if you look from top to bottom of each conference, the Big Ten's depth vaults it to the top. To further establish its supremacy, every team was vulnerable on any given night. Bo Ryan's squad went almost unscathed throughout the conference schedule, suffering only six losses en route to a second-place finish.

4. Strength of Schedule

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4. Strength of Schedule

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Not many teams played a stronger schedule than Wisconsin this season. In fact, only two teams have the bragging rights of a tougher schedule, as Bo Ryan's squad boasted the third-toughest schedule to go along with 25 victories. When the going got tough, Wisconsin rose to the occasion and proved to everyone it did not shy away from the toughest of competition.

3. Quality Wins

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3. Quality Wins

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Along the lines of a strong schedule is the number of quality wins a team has and Traevon Jackson and Co. garnered several of them. In total, the Badgers beat nine NCAA tournament-bound teams, including Florida (59-53), St. Louis (63-57), Virginia (48-38; more on this victory later), Milwaukee (78-52), Eastern Kentucky (86-61), Iowa twice (75-71; 79-74), Michigan State (60-58) and Michigan (75-62).

2. Record Away From Kohl Center

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2. Record Away From Kohl Center

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The true mettle of a team is how well they fare away from their own friendly confines, both in hostile environment and on a neutral court. Wisconsin fits the bill for both. The Badgers beat Big Ten champion Michigan, Horizon League champion Green Bay and ACC champion Virginia all on the road. Plus, the squad beat St. John's in South Dakota, and St. Louis and West Virginia to clinch the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

1. Wisconsin Beat Virginia

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1. Wisconsin Beat Virginia

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In this year's Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the Badgers clamped down defensively, holding Virginia to its lowest scoring output of the season and lowest since 1993. While this may not suffice for some, they both had one common opponent -- UW-Green Bay on the road -- in which Bo Ryan's squad won, 69-66, while Tony Bennett's squad stumbled, 75-72. At least in my mind, this adequately settles the debate.

Rexford Sheild is contributing writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @RexfordSheild and “like” him on Facebook. Also, add him to your network on Google.

 

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