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.