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Wednesday Wrapup: Wisconsin Knocks off Duke

Posted on: December 3, 2009 12:27 am
 
How about tonight's hoops action?

The Big Ten wins the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, thanks to the effort of Wisconsin against Duke. Michigan continues to fade with its third loss in six days.

Other big losers tonight were Minnesota, BYU, and Portland.

My recap of tonight's action is here , along with how each win/loss will affect my bracketology (which will be updated soon).

Tonight's Mailbag Question (Ask yours by posting it in a comment below):
Dan where do you think Wisconsin and Maryland both stack up now? IMO, I think the Terrapins are a tad overrated. Wisconsin played a great game tonight. They did a very good job containing Vasquez. If he takes over a game, it could easily be over inn the first couple of minutes and the Badgers didn't let that happen. I have to give them props. They will have to play some stellar defense if they plan on competing in the Big Ten. -GTucker
First off GTucker, let me personally apologize for not getting to this question earlier. As I wrote in an earlier blog entry from this week, I had surprise surgery and am still recovering (just soreness mainly).

On the other hand, what a great time to answer this questionTongue out .

Wisconsin is clearly in my NCAA Tournament field now. I know you asked this the night after the Wisconsin/Maryland game, but the Badgers win over Duke (paired with Ws over Maryland and Cincinnati) give Wisconsin one of the best resumes in the country early on. As for Maryland, the Terps victory over Indiana left them in the same position they were in after their loss to Wisconsin. I think Maryland will get in the field, but right now it would be hard to seed them.

If I had to seed the two teams right now I'd give Wisconsin a top 5 seed and Maryland around a 10 seed. That is subject to a lot of changes, but today, on December 2nd that's about where they'd be.

Thanks for your question, and next time I won't take so long to get to it!

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Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2009 11:11 pm
 

Wednesday Wrapup: Wisconsin Knocks off Duke

No problem on the delay Dan. I do have to agree, a very nice time to get to the question lol.

Wisconsin is clearly in my NCAA Tournament field now. I know you asked this the night after the Wisconsin/Maryland game, but the Badgers win over Duke (paired with Ws over Maryland and Cincinnati) give Wisconsin one of the best resumes in the country early on.

I was thinking the same thing last night. That's a fantastic way to start off your resume. Now, with some wins in the Big Ten against some good teams (Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State), and some possible tough road wins at that, the Badgers will definitely have a nice piece. That RPI number and SOS will be a huge factors as well. As Wisconsin has proved early on, they have a great defensive team, and it could take them a long way.

Speaking of the Big Ten and Illinois, great game by Clemson and the Illini last night


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