Don't look now, Wisconsin fans, but your overlooked, underseeded and disregarded team is an underdog again. The Badgers' plucky band of adversity-overcoming, doubt-disproving heart-havers is still not getting respect. Florida is favored over Wisconsin in the Sweet 16, and that's just fine.
A year after finally getting over the hump in last year's NCAA Tournament and advancing to the Final Four, the Wisconsin Badgers are primed for a return trip - and it's perhaps even an expectation as March Madness truly begins.
The Marquette University Golden Eagles begin Big East Tournament play this week, and those games could be the last of Juan Anderson's four-year career - one he nearly didn't finish in Milwaukee. He's been from the Elite Eight to playing on the first losing team in his life. One of the Golden Eagles' captains reflects on how it built him to where he is today, and where he's going.
The Wisconsin Badgers have advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years and for the fourth time since 2008. But the team hasn't made it to the Elite Eight since 2005. To do so, the Badgers need to best a red-hot Baylor team in Anaheim, Calif.
The Wisconsin Badgers overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to the Oregon Ducks to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with a 85-77 victory Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Buzz Williams wasn't in the greatest of moods following Marquette University's 58-53 victory over New Hampshire Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, and the Golden Eagles' feisty head coach is ready to fight the bear he feels shares the room with his team.
Marquette University has earned its third straight trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, an achievement head coach Buzz Williams feel is the return on an old investment.
Marquette University forward Jamil Wilson is the latest in a line of forwards Golden Eagles coach Buzz Williams has developed - and his progress may determine just how far Marquette advances in the NCAA Tournament.
Marquette University may have lost the Big East Player of the Year and its point guard to the NBA, but the Golden Eagles haven't lowered their expectations. "It's time to win championships," said junior guard Vander Blue. "Sweet 16 is getting old now."
Marquette University is in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year in the NCAA Tournament, but this time it's all business - and it starts with head coach Buzz Williams.
Someway, somehow, all of the stars have seemed to finally align here in 2011. For a state that prides itself on hard work and pride in our accomplishments, we should all stand up and take notice of what our sports teams have provided us this year: unparalleled success across most spectrums of sport. And while we puff out our chests at Philadelphia, Chicago, New York, and others, know that you now have the facts to back up our bravado.
It's never a good sign for Marquette fans when the game's lone highlight is a late three-pointer from Rob Frozena.
When a mid-season departure by a junior with more experience than anyone else in the starting line-up is a turning point in the season, it is not usually a good thing. But for the North Carolina men's basketball team it was the best thing that could have ever happened.
Cold shooting and lackluster performances from Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer kept Wisconsin from advancing to the Elite Eight.
Remember the Butler Bulldogs who ruined your bracket last year -- the David that nearly slayed a Goliath? Well, they're back and tonight, the Bulldogs face Wisconsin in the Sweet 16.