The Badgers are a little prone to a letdown every now and then. In the same vein, when they are clicking, they can beat anyone. After sliding past Penn State in the season finale — a buzzer-beating victory and the only thing keeping them from dropping three straight — Wisconsin looks to get back on track and stay in the hunt for a top-four seed in the NCAA tourney.
The days when the Boilermakers were getting beat by 30 points seem far away now that they have made a statement in their final stretch, beating Northwestern, Wisconsin and Minnesota in their last five games and nearly trumping Michigan as well. The Boilermakers don’t have enough victories to get an at-large bid into the Big Dance, so short of running the table this weekend they’re playing for the future.
Winning six of their last eight, the Hawkeyes are peaking at the right time. Their weak overall resume hurts their chances of an NCAA tournament bid, but as Iowa heads into the Big Ten tournament, the young team is building up confidence for next season. A good Big Ten tournament run could yield an NCAA berth, or at worst momentum for a possible run in the NIT.
The Illini have been up and down all year, and which of those high or low teams shows up could determine whether it makes the NCAA tournament or somehow falls off the bubble. Illinois has a very strong shot at making the NCAA tournament, but there is a difference between entering as an eight or nine and limping in as a double-digit seed.
|Boston - LP: C. Buchholz||2||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||4|
|Seattle - J. Paxton||8:05 PM|
|Kansas City - Y. Ventura|
|San Francisco||9:05 PM|
|Detroit||89||4th Qtr 10:22|
|LA Clippers||84||3rd Qtr 4:30|
|Charlotte||77||3rd Qtr 0:38|
|LA Lakers||48||3rd Qtr|
|Golden State||39||2nd Qtr 8:08|
|Sacramento||32||2nd Qtr 4:20|
|Minnesota||31||2nd Qtr 7:25|
|Dallas||9||1st Qtr 6:18|
|Columbus||1||1st Prd 13:47|
|UCLA||37||2nd Half 11:53|
|NC State||39||2nd Half 17:57|
|Kent State||9:00 PM|
|Michigan State||9:07 PM|
|(15) North Carolina||39||2nd Half 11:47|
|(3) South Carolina||45|
|(18) Iowa||40||2nd Half 11:35|
|(9) Arizona State||8:30 PM|
|(7) Florida State|
|(14) Stanford||9:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|
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