For the first time, the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee released its top 16 teams in preview of March Madness. This had never been done, and was heavily awaited as teams could see how they stack up in the rankings for what actually matters.
Wisconsin is the seventh ranked team in the country in the AP Poll, but was not featured in the official Bracket Preview. The Badgers are first in the Big Ten Conference at 10-1, and 21-3 overall this season, one of the best starts in school history.
Wisconsin has solid wins against teams like Syracuse, Marquette on the road and Minnesota on the road, but got handled in losses to their greatest opponents, in Creighton on the road, UNC at a neutral site, and Purdue on the road.
The No. 7 Badgers are on an eight-game winning streak, and look to boost their résumé Sunday when they play host to tournament-hopeful Northwestern, as the top 16 did not feature any Big Ten teams.