CHICAGO As scheduling opponents go, Wisconsin and Ole Miss don't share many similarities. But Badgers coach Bo Ryan knows one result certainly will keep his players' attention this week.
"They beat a team that crushed us earlier in the year," Ryan said.
He was referring to Mississippi's 66-63 victory against Florida during the SEC championship on Sunday. That's the same Florida team that demolished Wisconsin 74-56 in Gainesville way back in November.
If a single score isn't enough to make a determination on one team, Mississippi's 26 victories while playing in a power-six conference likely provide plenty or proof. In other words, the NCAA tournament selection committee didn't do the Badgers any favors when it revealed its brackets Sunday night.
Wisconsin (23-11), which earned a No. 5 seed in the West Region, will play No. 12 seed Mississippi (26-8) on Friday in Kansas City, Mo. The winner will move on to face off against either No. 4. Kansas State (27-7) or play-in teams Boise ...