A road map to the Sweet 16

Key trait: This team is slightly different from many of Ryan's previous teams in a couple of key ways. For one, it is faster -- the Badgers average nearly 65 possessions per game, light speed in comparison to their usual low-60s deliberation. For another, it is a merely good, but not great, defensive team. No, where Wisconsin really wins its games is on the offensive end, where it (typically) almost never turns the ball over, spends more than 20 seconds per play hunting a good shot and moves its cast of versatile big men ( Sam Dekker, Frank Kaminsky, Nigel Hayes) in and out of spaced-out cuts that wear down even the best defenses over 40 minutes. Wisconsin could have a tougher time -- not unlike Creighton -- running its stuff against Baylor's unusual zone look. Then again, we don't really know. We may understand how each team got to the Sweet 16. We can recount each story, and scout each possession. But when just 80 minutes of basketball separate a team from its trip to the Final Four, scouting reports only go so far. Fortunately for us, the vast gulf between what we think might happen, and what actually does, is exactly why this thing is so fun.

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