Experts love the Badgers in the 2014 NCAA tournament


Everyone and anyone has filled out a bracket or will in the coming days, but on Sunday night it was time for the "experts" to shine. If you are one to believe the talking heads on your television, then the Badgers are going to be in great shape. 

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ESPN's quintet of analysts love the draw for the Badgers, but two of them will make the Badger nation very happy if they are right. 

Both Jay Bilas and Jay Williams see the Badgers as final four teams. Williams isn't a bandwagon analyst, as he picked Wisconsin to be a Final Four team back in November. He did so again on Sunday after seeing the draw Wisconsin got in the tournament.

“I love the way this Wisconsin team passes the ball,” Williams said on ESPN's selection special. “The Badgers, with their veteran guards and Frank Kaminsky down low is going to be a handful.”

For Bilas, it's all about the defensive side of the ball and amazingly he sees Wisconsin's defense being the difference maker in a Final Four run. 

“What is the best ball-control, defensive team there?” Bilas questioned. “Wisconsin, they haven’t protected the lane as well as they have in the past. But I think they’re the best defensive team out of this group.

“Wisconsin is better offensively than they are defensively but they’re better defensively than anybody else there.”

Beyond those two, all but one of the quintet has the Badgers playing in the final weekend, but bowing out in the Elite Eight. For Digger Phelps it is UW going down to Oklahoma State and Dick Vitale sees Arizona making a run to the Final Four over the Badgers. 

Only former Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg didn't have the Badgers going beyond the first weekend. He sees a third round matchup with 7th seeded Oregon as too much, and UW going down in the round of 32 on Saturday. 

Wisconsin opens up their NCAA tournament run on Thursday March 20 against American at 11:40am CT on TruTV. 

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com as well as Publisher of Big Ten site talking10.com