Badgers flushed a number 1 seed down the toilet / Div III Sweet Sixteen set!

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NCAA Division IIIIn this episode of the “Red Light Sports Ramble”; presented by the Red Light Sports Network, Evan and Troy talk NCAA college basketball.  It was a big weekend in Division I college basketball; the last games of the regular season.  In Division III, March Madness has already begun.  After Saturday, the NCAA Division III bracket is down to the Sweet Sixteen.

The Wisconsin Badgers had a chance to finish the Big Ten regular season on a 9 game winning streak and possibly be in the mix for a number 1 seed on “Selection Sunday”.  All they had to do is travel to Nebraska and take care of business against a team that they could beat.  Earlier in the weekend, Kansas and Arizona both lost, which meant that a Badger win could have vaulted them into one of the top 4 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.  Well when the final seconds ticked off the clock on Sunday evening, the scoreboard was in the favor of Nebraska.  This loss will keep the Badgers from a number 1 seed.  Something deeper than a number 1 seed loomed as the Badgers walked off the court.  Their glaring weakness to defend the rim.  Numerous times the Nebraska guards dribble penetrated to the rim.  The Badgers could not defend this and it resulted in easy baskets.  With the NCAA Tournament weeks away from starting, this defensive weakness could mean a short tournament for the Badgers.

March Madness is in full swing for the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s tournaments.  The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Men’s team was the host for the first round games.  The defeated the University of Northwestern (MN) 79-55 in a first round game.  The second round game was against Augustana College (IL) whom they defeated 87-68.  They now head to Stevens Point to participate in the Sweet Sixteen against the University of Texas at Dallas.  Should the Warhawks win, it could set up a showdown against the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  This would be the fourth meeting between the schools this year, with Stevens Point leading 2-1.

The Lady Warhawks headed to St.Paul, MN to take on Concordia College (MN).  After winning 79-72, they faced the University of St. Thomas.  The Lady Warhawks won their second round game 87-78 and also advanced to the NCAA Division III round of 16.  The will travel to Greencastle, IN to face the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans; whom they faced in the WIAC (Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).  The Lady Warhawks have defeated the Titans twice this season by the scores of 72-66 and 64-46.  If the Lady Warhawks can get by the Titans a third time, they will face the winner of the DePauw/Carthage game.

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