NCAA Tournament Preview (Round One): Hokies Battle Wisconsin


NCAA Tournament Preview (Round One): Hokies Battle Wisconsin

"Specifically offensively. That's where we got ourselves in a hole we couldn't get out of".

Gard said the seeding situation is always complicated and deflected over possible dismay of the perception the committee under-ranked his team. They were outstanding against the spread down the stretch, going 8-1-1 against the number during their last 10 games and went 16-11 ATS on the season. Dick Bennett and Bo Ryan instilled a tradition of winning on this program that Greg Gard looks to maintain.

Duke (26-8) is the #2 seed in the East Region and could be a potential Elite Eight matchup down the road. "We would hit Ethan and then he would make a play and we'd score". And knee pads! Basketball must have been a risky sport. Wisconsin comes into the game with a 25-9 record. Though it came 76 years ago, a national championship is a national championship. "A nice performance in the B1G Tournament (beating in and steam-rolling Northwestern before running into the hottest team in the midwest, Michigan, in the finals) gave fans some hope, but in reality no one has any idea which team will show up for the Badgers in the NCAA Tournament". The Wisconsin Badgers were exposed pretty good in the blowout loss on Sunday to MI.

See 3:12 for Hughes incredible shot. This is the lowest they have been seeded since 2009, when they were a No. 12 and upset Florida. "We have a roster full of guys who, tomorrow night, that will be their first time ever playing on a court that has an NCAA blue sticker on it". That may give the Cavaliers an edge in the first game of the tournament, but the road will only get more hard from there.

Senator Kaine believes the Virginia Cavaliers will advance to the Sweet 16 at Madison Square Garden for the second time in four years.

Tech only goes seven players deep, putting pressure on the Hokies to stay out of foul trouble against Wisconsin's bigs.

What an incredible way to send Bo Ryan to his first Final Four.

The Hokies' offense features four players who average double digits, and that's minus Chris Clarke, who suffered a torn ACL on February 12 and previously contributed 11.4 points per game. In all, five players have at least 107 3-point attempts and they all shoot 36.4% or better. Chalk one up for the Badgers. Also, several guys (Hayes, Koening) were also a part of the teams that made the Final Four in back to back seasons. Wisky has their own crew of long range shooting specialists in starting guard tandem Bronson Koenig (38.7%) and Zak Showalter (39.7%) plus reserve D'Mitrik Trice (43.9%).

Heading into a home game against Northwestern the Wisconsin Badgers were ranked seventh in the nation and sitting on a 21-3 record. But not all credit can be given to Koenig; he never would have had the chance to shoot had it not been for an awesome charge taken by Zak Showalter on the other end.

Seth Greenberg successfully built Virginia Tech into a program that could compete in the ACC.

Who: No. 8 Wisconsin vs. This Wildcat team was overpowering, only trailing 213 out of 1,543 minutes the entire year.



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