March Madness 2010 Predictions – Wisconsin and New Mexico

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Brent’s March Madness Bracket Predictions for 2010

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March Madness 2010 Predictions – Wisconsin and New Mexico:

The Wisconsin Badgers come out of a solid Big Ten this year with a 23-8 overall record, and a 13-5 in-Conference record.  However, the Badgers were disappointed this past weekend with a first round loss to Illinois in the Big Ten Conference Tournament.  The Badgers have not missed a tournament since in 1998 edition, and have competed in 1 Final Four during this 12-year stretch.  The Badgers will be looking for a better result than last year, as they were bounced in the second round by Xavier.  With their opening round loss in this year’s Big Ten tournament, the Badgers are not in the position they wished for at the #4 seed in the East Region, after having a strong finish to their season.

First Round Opponent – Wofford (26-8)  Southern (15-3)

Tournament Prediction – The Wisconsin Badgers have appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments, and have competed in 2 Final Fours.  The Badgers have only brought home a single Championship, and that was way back in 1941.  The Badgers most recently played in a Final Four in 2000, as they marched through the Tournament as a #8 seed.  An overall tournament record of 20-14 is disappointing for Wisconsin seeing as they have played in every tournament since 1999.  The Badgers competed in an Elite Eight in 2005, and a Sweet Sixteen in 2008, but have not accomplished anything to bring home for their school.  I see a Sweet Sixteen in the Badgers future in this tournament, but they will likely run into a powerful Kentucky squad in the Regional Semifinal, ending their 2010 run in this tournament.

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The New Mexico Lobos have earned themselves a #3 seed in the East Region of the NCAA bracket, and are arguably the most surprising team to crack the AP Top 10 rankings this season.  The Lobos have had a strong season, going 29-4 on the year and 14-2 within the Mountain West Conference.  However, the Lobos were upset in the second round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament this past weekend by San Diego State, earning the Aztecs a berth into the NCAA Tournament.  The Lobos aren’t exactly regulars in the NCAA tournament with just 11 tournament appearances in school history, and no championships or Final Fours to speak of.  Junior Guard Darington Hobson and his 16.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game hopes to lead the Lobos into their first Final Four in school history coming out of the East bracket.

First Round Opponent – Montana (22-9) Big Sky (10-6)

Tournament Prediction – As mentioned, this is a very inexperienced school when it comes to the annual NCAA Tournament, as New Mexico has made just 11 tournament appearances in school history, and have not brought home any hardware with them to date.  The Lobos are just 6-12 overall in this tournament, and have not made it past the second round since the 1974 tournament.  The Lobos made several tournament appearances during the 1990’s but to no avail, and have qualified just once for the tournament in the new millennium, losing in the first round to Villanova in the 2005 tournament.  Given the history of this basketball program, it seems like a long shot for this Lobos team do any serious damage in this tournament, and I could see them being the first #3 seed eliminated from this tournament.  Do not expect any serious run from New Mexico, but hopefully qualifying for this tournament for the 2nd time in 11 years will help this basketball program for the future.