ESPN updated its NCAA Tournament projections for March. Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi placed No. 16 Wisconsin (9-2) in the Midwest Region as a No. 3 seed.
The Badgers would play 14-seed Harvard, who are currently 4-5, but favored to win the Ivy League Conference.
UW has taken on the Crimson just once history, a matchup that occurred all the way back in 1942. Wisconsin won 58-41 in Madison.
Should the Badger advance, they’d get the winner of 6-seed Marquette and 11-seed Oregon.
The Golden Eagles defeated UW 74-69 in overtime earlier this season in Milwaukee. The two schools have played 125 times, but have never matched up in the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin knocked the Ducks out of the Big Dance in both 2014 and 2015 — sparking back-to-back Final Four runs for the program.
Kansas was awarded the No. 1 seed in the region with Gonzaga received the No. 2 seed. In that scenario, the Sweet 16 would likely be played in Kansas City.
The Badgers are coming off a 101-60 win over Savannah State last Thursday. Wisconsin has now opened the season 9-2 or better in 14 of the last 17 seasons.
“Still a work in progress,” head coach Greg Gard said last Thursday. “I think we showed flashes of being good, but we gotta become more consistent. And that’s one through nine, 10. I think continue to develop and find the rotation allows you to change not necessarily who it is, but who gets how many minutes and who’s off first on the bench based on matchups, and do they play smaller, do they play bigger.
“So I think you’re always trying to search to find ways to get better. You’re not satisfied as a player or as a coaching staff in that regard. But the schedule we’ve had, there aren’t many that have played the rigor this group has gone through.
“I like what we’ve done. I know we’re sitting at 9-2. If you ask all our guys in the locker room, they think they should be 11-0. Which is a good thing, to know there’s things in those games that we didn’t do well enough that we can get better at and we’ll have more opportunities to show we’re better coming down the road.”
Up next for UW, they host Grambling State (6-6) on Saturday at the Kohl Center.
“It’s a team, I told these guys today, don’t get caught up in the name, because you watch the tape — they have a chance to be pretty good, Gard said Thursday. “You can see why they’re picked to win their league. They’ve shown it in flashes. Their record doesn’t show it.
“You have to watch the tape for a little while, but you can see there’s some talent there.”
Grambling State and Wisconsin will tip off at 11 a.m. Big Ten Network will have the call.