The NCAA Tournament starts on Tuesday with Hampton playing Manhattan and the winner having the honor of facing the Kentucky Wildcats in round 2.
One of the No. 1 seeds in the tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers is the best hope of the Big Ten to end its drought of a national championship that goes back as far as 2000.
Wisconsin might have its best team since Bo Ryan their long time coach has been with the team. Frank Kaminsky leads the Badgers.
How far bettors should take Wisconsin in the tournament is a big question on the minds of many.
The Badgers should be a safe bet to reach the Sweet Sixteen by winning both of their games during the first weekend. Under coach Ryan, the Badgers are 11-2 in their opening games of NCAA Tournaments.
According to Bovada and topbet, Wisconsin is 17-7 over the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament since 2002 and has reached the Sweet 16 three of the last four seasons. For those that play the spread, Wisconsin is 12-11-1 against the number over the two first rounds of the tournament under coach Ryan, including a record of 11-8-1 ATS as the favorite.
Wisconsin however, becomes vulnerable when they reach the Sweet 16. Under Ryan, Wisconsin has a record of 3-6 in the second weekend of the NCAA’s and beyond with two of the three wins coming last season when Wisconsin made it to the Final Four.
In the Sweet 16, Wisconsin is just 1-2 SU when a favorite, which includes straight up losses to Butler in 2011 and Davidson in 2008.
If Wisconsin catches a tough mid-major team during the round, they could be in trouble. Wisconsin against the spread is 5-0-1 when an underdog in the Sweet 16 and beyond. The push was a loss of 1 point to Kentucky in the Final Four game. If the Badgers reach the Final Four, they will be a good bet as an underdog to cover.
According to betonline and sportsbook.com, with seven participants in the Tournament, the Big Ten is a good bet to have one reach the Final Four. The conference has had one or more teams in the Final Four in five of the past six seasons.
Since 2000, six teams from the Big Ten have reached the championship game with the last one winning in 2000.
A question on the minds of fans and bettors supporting Wisconsin is how far they will go.