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Wisconsin nabs No. 5 seed in NCAA tournament

Published On: Mar 17 2013 05:44:15 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 18 2013 12:57:33 AM CDT

INDIANAPOLIS -

After falling short in the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday, Wisconsin ended up with a No. 5 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The Badgers, part of the tournament's West region, will play the No. 12-seeded Ole Miss Rebels from the SEC on Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

The Wisconsin/Ole Miss game is scheduled to tip off at 11:40 a.m. Friday morning and will be seen nationally on truTV.

Fans watching Sunday afternoon's bracket unveiling had to be patient, as the Badgers were one of the final tourney teams announced.

Some thought the Badgers would receive no worse than a No. 4 seed and noted that playing the winner of the SEC tournament in the first game was a very difficult draw.

What's also potentially troubling is the Badgers could face Kansas State in their second game at a site less than two hours away from the Wildcats' home in Manhattan, Kansas.

But that's looking ahead.

On Selection Sunday, Wisconsin was one of seven Big Ten teams who earned bids to the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Also in the West region are the Ohio State Buckeyes, who defeated Wisconsin on Sunday. Ohio State earned a No. 2 seed and will play No. 15 Iona on Friday at 6:15 p.m. in Dayton, Ohio. That game will be televised by CBS.

Indiana, who many thought would have the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, ended up as the tournament's third-seeded No. 1 seed. Placed in the East region, the Hoosiers will play in Dayton, Ohio, against the winner of the first-round game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison. That game will be in the late Friday afternoon window and will be seen on TBS.

Michigan State secured a No. 3 seed in the Midwest region and will play No. 14 Valparaiso from the Horizon League on Thursday at 11:15 a.m. in Auburn Hills, Mich. That game will be televised by CBS.

Michigan, who Wisconsin beat in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday, earned a No. 4 seed in the South region and will face No. 13 South Dakota State from the Summit League Thursday at 6:15 p.m. in Auburn Hills. That game will be seen on CBS.

Illinois earned a No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 Colorado in Austin, Texas in the East region. That game will be broadcast by TNT in the late afternoon window on Friday.

Minnesota placed as the No. 11 seed in the South region and will play No. 6 UCLA from the Pac-12 in Austin. That game will be in the late Friday night window on truTV.

The Iowa Hawkeyes, who finished with a 21-12 record, saw their bubble burst on Sunday.

Outside the Big Ten, Marquette earned a No. 3 seed in the East region and will play No. 14 Davidson in Lexington, Ky. That game will be seen on truTV in the late afternoon window on Thursday.

Louisville out of the Big East scored the tournament's overall No. 1 seed and was placed as the top seeded team in the Midwest Region.

Tip times and the broadcast schedule for Thursday's and Friday's games will be announced shortly.

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