Because voters fell out of love with them during the course of a dismal January, you must strap a headlamp to your helmet to go deep enough into the college basketball polls to locate the Wisconsin Badgers. If they continue on their present path, however, it’s conceivable you could soon will find them near the very top of the NCAA Tournament bracket.
The Badgers as a 1 seed? It’s not crazy.
Though they currently stand third in the Big Ten Conference, the Badgers own five victories against the RPI top 25, second only to Kansas’ six. They have eight top-50 victories. Only Kansas and Arizona have more; only Iowa State and Syracuse have as many.
More impressive is that Wisconsin has earned two of its top-25 victories on the road and one on a neutral floor, in addition to Saturday’s decision over No. 35 Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Wins over St. John’s and Green Bay are just outside that top-50 level.
Among the teams the Badgers defeated are Florida, which presently appears to be in...