Wisconsin Exercises State's Rights

Wisconsin Exercises State's Rights

For the second consecutive season, nearly 13% of the remaining NCAA basketball field is from the state of Wisconsin.

Like last year, I initially struggled with getting my head around that notion, especially when the rest of the bracket is again filled with usual-suspect schools from the customary locations: Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, blue-blooded places such as those.

On one hand, to make too much of Marquette and Wisconsin being back in the Sweet 16 would be doing a disservice to the tradition and continued excellence of our leading college basketball programs.

As mentioned in this space last week, it would have been a disappointment had the Golden Eagles and Badgers not advanced beyond a second tournament game.

Then there is reality that both schools' inclusion in the Sweet 16 should never surprise anyone outside state lines.

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