Team: Wisconsin Badgers
Conference: Big Ten Conference
Coach: Greg Gard
Record: 20-12 overall, 12-6 in conference
KenPom Rank: 32
Good wins: over Michigan State and Indiana at home; over Iowa and Maryland on the road.
Impact Players: Though missing the NBA-level players of previous seasons, the Badgers found enough scoring punch with forwards Nigel Hayes and Ethan Happ. Happ handles the rebounding, while Hayes is an inside/ outside shooter.
How did they get in?: The Badgers' longtime coach Bo Ryan stepped down after a December win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi, giving the job to his assistant Greg gard. That allowed Gard to audition for the job. Despite a five game stretch where the Badgers only defeated Rutgers, Gard righted the ship, winning seven straight and 11 of the team's last 13.
How far can this team go in the NCAA Tournament?: The Badgers have lost their last two, but still can make it to the Sweet Sixteen with their seven-man rotation. The big Pittsburgh squad might be a load to handle, though, so don't bet your life savings on a Badger run.
Last time in the NCAA Tournament: 2015, when they reached the NCAA title game, losing to Duke.