Badgers men’s basketball: Where is Wisconsin projected in the NCAA tournament after losing to Iowa?
Just a month ago the Badgers carried aspirations of heading into the NCAA tournament as a 3- or 4-seed.
But after losing five of their last six games the Badgers have dropped considerably in the latest bracket projections.
The loss to Iowa dropped the Badgers significantly in the ESPN Daily RPI. The Badgers are now No. 43, sandwiched between Rhode Island (42) and Monmouth (44). For more context, Northwester (45), Michigan State (46) and Michigan (48) are all in the same range.
The Badgers’ strength of schedule ranking isn’t helping at No. 103 in the country, although that will be aided by playing Minnesota, which ranks No. 17 in the RPI, on Sunday.
In other rankings the NCAA tournament committee may look at, UW is now No. 20 in ESPN’s BPI and No. 24 in KenPom. The Badgers are also No. 27 in the KPI rankings and No. 18 in Sagarin ratings. UW fans should hope that the committee continues to emphasize more advanced metrics, which are more favorable for this Badgers team.
In the latest projection by CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm released on Friday morning, he projected the Badgers in the NCAA tournament field as a 7-seed.
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi still has the Badgers as a No. 6 seed in his latest NCAA tournament projection, which was released on Saturday afternoon.
Bracket Matrix takes a cumulative look at all of the bracket projections across the country. They have the Badgers as the first 7-seed as of Friday.
There is no worry about UW missing the NCAA tournament. Even if they lose to Minnesota and fall in their first game at the Big Ten tournament, the Badgers are safe.
And while a top-4 seed may be out of reach, there is still a big incentive for the Badgers to win a couple games down the stretch: Milwaukee is one of the first- and second-round sites this year. If UW can elevate itself back to a 5-seed or 6-seed, UW could find itself with a de facto home-court advantage in its first two games if it’s placed in Milwaukee.
Good wins (RPI 1-50): at Minnesota (17), Maryland (25), Michigan (48)
Bad losses (RPI 150+): None.
BADGERS REMAINING SCHEDULE
March 5: Minnesota (17)
March 8-12: Big Ten tournament