The Wisconsin Badgers (26-9, 12-6 Big Ten) are headed to the Sweet 16 for the fourth straight season. Here is everything you need to know headed into the matchup.
Who they play
Opponent: Florida Gators
Conference: SEC (finished second)
Record: (26-8, 14-4 SEC)
Head coach: Mike White
Leading scorer: KeVaughn Allen (13.4 points)
RPI rank: 10
KenPom rank: 3
How they got here: defeated (13) East Tennessee St. and (5) Virginia
Location: New York City, N.Y.
Arena: Madison Square Garden
Time: 8:59 p.m.
Live stream: NCAA.com
Winner plays: the winner of (3) Baylor and (7) South Carolina
Numbers to know
Zero other teams besides Wisconsin have reached the Sweet 16 over each of the past four seasons. The Badgers’ remarkable consistency over four years, two coaches, and countless star players has elevated the program to one of the best in the country.
Both Florida and Wisconsin are ranked in the top seven in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom. The Badgers allowed slightly fewer points per game throughout the season, but the Gators did just hold Virginia to 39 points in the second round. This game figures to be a defensive struggle, with the first team to crack 60 points likely to walk away the winner.
Badgers guard Bronson Koenig has already hit 11 threes on 23 attempts through two tournament games. Wisconsin is going to need another huge performance from Koenig Friday; his ability to knock down shots from distance is a difference-maker late in the shot clock for a team that struggles to put the ball in the basket.
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