BoD South Region- First Round #4 Wisconsin vs #13 Vermont

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Who wins this South Regional 1st Round matchup?

Poll closed Mar 28, 2020.
  1. 4 Wisconsin

    66.7%
  2. 13 Vermont

    33.3%
  1. EvilMonkeyInTheCloset

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    #4 Wisconsin Badgers (21-10, 14-6)

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    Big Ten (t1st)
    Off- 67.2 ppg / Def- 62.2 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 24 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Nate Reuvers 13.1 ppg
    Micah Potter 10.1 ppg
    Brad Davison 9.9 ppg
    D'Mitrik Trice 9.8 ppg
    Aleem Ford 8.6 ppg

    #13 Vermont Catamounts (26-7, 14-2)

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    America East (1st)
    Off- 71.5 ppg / Def- 59.5 ppg
    NCAA Appearances- 7 (Last: 2019)

    Top Scorers:
    Anthony Lamb 16.7 ppg
    Stef Smith 14.2 ppg
    Ryan Davis 9.5 ppg
    Everett Duncan 9.0 ppg
    Ben Shungu 7.7 ppg


    The Badgers got off to a rather inauspicious start to the 2019-20 season, at one point sitting at 5-5 following a loss at Rutgers. Even after a 68-62 loss at Iowa, and the departure of one of their top scorers in Kobe King, it was looking as if Wisconsin was finally destined for a middling season after years of consistency among the top four in the Big Ten. However, the very next game the Badgers stunned Michigan State and would win 9 of their remaining 10, to capture a share of the Big Ten title, even being able to claim the #1 seed in the toughest conference in the country this past season, after Maryland and MSU dealt with their own late-season struggles allowing Wisconsin to catch them. It would've been interesting, at the very least, to see if Wisconsin could've carried that momentum of consistency through the Big Ten tournament and into the NCAA tournament.

    If you're into low-scoring, slow-paced struggles, then this matchup may have been for you. Only two other teams could say they showed better defensive prowess (statistically speaking) than the Catamounts this season, as they held opponents to a paltry 59.5 ppg on 38% shooting. Wisconsin wasn't far behind, sitting at 14th with 62.2 ppg allowed. Given Wisconsin's penchant for slowing games down and not being a particularly high-scoring team, it's a safe bet that the first team to 60 would've won this 1st Round contest.
     
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