Big Ten tournament 2017: Wisconsin falls to MI in championship game

Although all of these projections of match-up are just that, projections, it is still fun to breakdown some of the possible opponents and how they ultimately stack up against Buzz Williams' squad in the NCAA Tournament. The former Marquette coach left Milwaukee for Blacksburg in 2014, and in three short years, he's taken Virginia Tech from ACC bottom-feeder to NCAA Tournament team.

Waiting for the UW-Virginia Tech in the round of 32 likely will defending champion Villanova, the No. 1 seed.

"There's a lot of stuff that I can't control", Showalter said.

UW (25-9), which suffered a 71-56 loss to Michigan Sunday in the Big Ten title game, was seeded No. 8 in the East Regional.

This Wisconsin group has a mixture of youth and experience, with two seniors-Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig-who played key roles on the Badgers' 2015 national runner-up team.

Virginia Tech's Zach LeDay celebrates after dunking the ball against Miami late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Feb. 27, 2017, at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. Virginia Tech won 66-61.

Virginia Tech is going dancing for the first time in a decade.

The game will tip at approximately 9:40pm on Thursday night, and it will be televised by CBS.

The Badgers probably expected a higher seed after finishing second in the Big Ten during the regular season and second in the Big Ten tournament, with most media bracket watchers expecting them to earn a No. 5 seed - or maybe a No. 6 seed, at worst. The last time they failed to make the field was 1998.

A total of nine ACC teams were selected for the NCAA Tournament.

  • Julie Sanders