In the NCAA Tournament’s only 1 seed versus 4 seed match-up, the one seed Wisconsin Badgers head coached by Bo Ryan, will take on the number four seed the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels of course are head coached by Roy Williams, as this will be the first time Wisconsin and North Carolina will play since 2011, which the Tar Heels won the game 60-57.
Things have changed in four years however, as the Badgers no longer have Ben Brust, Jordan Taylor, Ryan Evans, Rob Wilson, Mike Bruesewitz, and Jared Berggren. The only Badgers that remain from the 2011 team are Josh Gasser and Frank Kaminsky, who is way better now by the way. The Tar Heels of course have lost their fair share of players, as they have no one left from that 2011 team on their roster.
Let’s preview the game tomorrow now. The Badgers earned their first ever one seed on Selection Sunday and are still dancing in the Sweet Sixteen, versus a team that’s more familiar with top seeding in the North Carolina Tar Heels, as they are a fourth seed. The Badgers projected lineup as of right now is: PG: Bronson Koenig, SG: Josh Gasser, SF: Sam Dekker, PF: Nigel Hayes, and C: Frank Kaminsky. Traevon Jackson (Foot) is expected to play, but it’s still un-clear if he will start or not.
North Carolina’s projected lineup is: PG: Marcus Paige, SG: Justin Jackson, SF: Brice Johnson, PF: J.P. Tokoto, and C: Joel James. Kennedy Meeks (Knee), is listed as a game time decision for the Tar Heels.
The Badgers are currently a six point favorite versus North Carolina, and it promises to be a big game for a few players on both sides. One of the being Wisconsin’s point guard, Bronson Koenig, who was recruited big time by Roy Williams. Koenig decided to stay in the state of Wisconsin and attend the University of Wisconsin, but Williams will still be hoping Koenig plays well.
“I’ll pull for him like crazy tomorrow, I just won’t pull for his whole team to do well,” Roy Williams said. “But he’s a big-time young man that I really enjoyed recruiting.”
UNC’s Brice Johnson will also likely be guarding Wisconsin’s biggest threat, Frank Kaminsky. Johnson, who is 6’9, 228 pounds can poise a tough battle for Frank the Tank, and he knows.
“His combination of size and athleticism isn’t very common in college basketball,” Kaminsky said. “He does a great job of attacking the glass, getting things done inside.”
North Carolina-Wisconsin tips off at 7:47 eastern on TBS. You don’t want to miss it.
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