If ESPN had to re-seed the 2017 NCAA Tournament teams still playing, Wisconsin would be ranked near the top. As would Michigan.
Though the Badgers are a No. 8 seed and into the Sweet 16 after beating No. 9 Virginia Tech and No. 1 Villanova, ESPN basically thinks Wisconsin is more of a No. 1 seed.
ESPN’s Myron Medcalf actually ranked Wisconsin third out of the 16 remaining teams. Only No. 1 seeds Kansas and North Carolina are ranked higher.
Medcalf on the Badgers:
The committee can’t give Wisconsin an 8-seed and then give Minnesota, the team that suffered five losses in a row in one stretch and lost to Wisconsin twice, a 5-seed. That’s fine. We’ll elevate the Badgers to the proper position after a fabulous weekend.
Michigan, a No. 7 seed, is also much higher than the seeding the selection committee gave it. Medcalf has the Wolverines No. 5 overall, or what is really a No. 2 seed.
Purdue, the Big Ten’s third Sweet 16 team, is No. 15 overall in ESPN’s re-seed. That would mean the Boilermakers match their actual seed of No. 4. Only Baylor is rated lower among the 16 remaining teams.
2017 NCAA Tournament: Wisconsin vs. Florida in Sweet 16
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 20, 2017
The Badgers’ No. 8 seed grabbed plenty of headlines after the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket announcement. Former Badgers star Frank Kaminsky called out the selection committee, wondering how it happened. The Badgers were three seeds lower than No. 5 Minnesota even though Wisconsin beat the Gophers twice, finished higher than them in the Big Ten regular season and went further in the Big Ten Tournament. The Badgers lost to red-hot Michigan in the conference final.
After the Badgers stunned defending national champion Villanova on Saturday, Kaminsky and Sam Dekker went to Twitter to make fun of the committee’s seeding mistake.
Wassup now @NCAA ??
— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) March 18, 2017
Selection committee….. haha
— Sam Dekker (@dekker) March 18, 2017
With more respect going into the Sweet 16, the Badgers face No. 4 Florida at 9:50 p.m. ET Friday in New York City. If Wisconsin wins, it would face the winner of Baylor-South Carolina on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.