UPDATE: The trend continues.
ORIGINAL STORY: Three times since the turn of the millennium, Wisconsin has bounced a No. 1 seed out of the NCAA Tournament. On all three occasions, the Badgers have sent Wildcats packing.
Saturday at 2:40 p.m. ET, Wisconsin faces the top-seeded Villanova … Wildcats. Great news if you’re a superstitious Wisconsin fan.
As pointed out by the Wisconsin basketball Twitter account, the Badgers knocked off No. 1 Arizona in 2000, top-seeded Arizona again in 2014 and, most recently, topped No. 1 seed Kentucky in 2015.
The Badgers made the Final Four in each of those NCAA Tournaments. Can history repeat itself against Villanova?
— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) March 18, 2017
|Year||Opponent||Result||Wisconsin’s seed||Wisconsin’s NCAA result|
|2000||No. 1 Arizona||W, 66-59||No. 8||Final 4|
|2014||No. 1 Arizona||W, 64-63||No. 2||Final 4|
|2015||No. 1 Kentucky||W, 71-64||No. 1||National runner-up|
The Badgers have no small task in front of them against the defending national champs. But they have group of veterans who know what it takes. And some history.
Perhaps destiny is on the Badgers’ side.