#5 Wisconsin (23-11) vs. #12 Mississippi (26-8) could lead to another #5 seed upset.
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson is a favorite on this site (look at our name). He is sure to troll Wisconsin fans the entire game.
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The Wisconsin Badgers didn’t have a great start to the season. They lost their two most important non-conference games they had on their schedule (Creighton, at Florida). They went into the tough Big Ten schedule looking like a middling team.
To say Wisconsin is inconsistent would be selling it short. They would look great against Michigan and Indiana, but then lay eggs against Purdue and Iowa. The Badgers live and die by the three. If they’re cold, they’re an average team.
The Mississippi Rebels are coming off an SEC Tournament win. They were on the bubble and needed to win the tournament to assure an invite. Ole Miss forward Murphy Holloway and Henderson put the team on their backs.
The SEC was down this year, but Ole Miss still struggled. They went through a period during conference play when they lost five of seven games. Most of those games were against teams that didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.
Wisconsin and Ole Miss are both very inconsistent. They both rely on the three-point shot to fall. If Henderson is cold, he will keep jacking up shots. At least Wisconsin has five or six guys who can hit shots from NBA range.
Since these teams have similar offensive styles, I’ll side with the best conference. Wisconsin is battle tested and have been in close games all season. I wish Ole Miss was more complete, because I want to watch more of Marshall Henderson, for entertainment purposes only.
Prediction: #5 Wisconsin Badgers
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