The team finished the season second in the Big Ten and second in the Big Ten Conference championship, falling to MI 71-56.
Villanova's Josh Hart, right, drives past Creighton's Marcus Foster during an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the Big East men's tournament in NY.
"My theory, you have to beat everybody anyway to win the whole thing. I just didn't get a lot of lift".
"Ranking and seeding is very subjective".
The Badgers can keep boasting for now, as they're headed to their fifth consecutive Sweet 16.
"But let's hope we learn from those games". Ethan was on fire in Wisconsin's opener with a win over Virginia Tech, sinking eight three-pointers and setting a team NCAA tournament record in the process. The Badgers defeated the Hokies 74-72 in 2008. Hayes had a solid night on Thursday and will need to perform even better if they want to knock off Villanova.
"It's easy to play a guy when he has one or two moves", Reynolds said. Hayes untied it with a baseline drive, the same Hayes whose putback was the second-biggest basket of Wisconsin's Final Four upset of then-undefeated Kentucky in April 2015.
The victor of that game was No. 8 seed Wisconsin, who outlasted 9-seed Virginia Tech 84-74 late Thursday night setting up a second-round matchup between the 2016 national champions and the 2015 runner-up on Saturday at KeyBank Center.
The Wildcats are close in all three departments, giving up 62.6 points per game (16th in the nation), allowing 41.6 percent shooting, and coming in at 11th in efficiency at 92.1 points per 100 possessions.
The Wildcats likely can't afford another slow start against aBadgers team that topped Virginia Tech on Thursday behind Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes, two seniors with a pair of Final Fours on their resume.
"Obviously, we thought we might have a higher seed than that", senior guard Zak Showalter said. They took out Michigan State previous year. For years, Hayes has been challenging the NCAA on athlete pay and compensation. The Badgers rank No. 8 nationally in defensive efficiency.
Hayes' makes came with UW holding leads of 2, 4, 4 and 1. They responded by blowing the doors off UCLA and Duke en route to a Final Four appearance. They'll face No. 7 seed University of South Carolina in the first round Friday night in Greenville, South Carolina.
"I think I play best when I go out there with an "I don't really care" attitude", he said.
As they prepared to meet a team as physical as any they've played all season, the Wildcats are wary of Wisconsin. That's a huge factor in so many games.
Jalen Brunson added 14 points, Mikal Bridges scored 13, while Josh Hart ended with 11 and Eric Paschall chipped in with 10 for the Wildcats (32-3). If Wisconsin's strong defense can create problems for Jenkins, they could definitely put themselves into position for the massive upset. Plus, they don't have a deep bench.
For all their length and strength, they've struggled when matched up against high-octane offenses.
Marquette has a pretty young team, with only two seniors leaving the team this year: guard JaJuan Johnson and center Luke Fischer.