Wisconsin - Greatest Tourney Run Ever?

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    Wisconsin - Greatest Tourney Run Ever?

    Is Wisconsin on the verge of the greatest tournament run ever? They have now defeated:

    - North Carolina ... ACC runner-up and legendary program

    - Arizona ... arguably the second most talented team in the NCAA this season

    - UK ... undefeated, consensus #1 loaded with talent

    - Next up ... Duke ... winningest coach ever, talent loaded

    The only way it could have been better would have been if they also beat Kansas along the way. If they win Monday, is that the greatest tournament run ever?
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    It's been pretty impressive. As we saw last night, they are a matchup nightmare. They might not be the most talented team, but my lord they can shoot the rock.

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    Great shooting and great execution in everything they do. They will make you pay for every lapse you have.

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    I don't know if it's the greatest ever. I thought last year when UK knocked off 3 #1 seeds was a bit more impressive, especially being a 8 seed.

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    Best I can remember in terms of defeating storied programs was Maryland in 2002. Defeated 4 previous national champions in succession - Kentucky, Connecticut, Kansas and Indiana. Wisconsin's run certainly is comparable.

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    They've beat the highest available seed five games in a row. Duke is a 1-seed but technically Villanova would have been the highest available seed in the final, although nobody believed that. This is a terrific run by Wisconsin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellbird View Post
    I don't know if it's the greatest ever. I thought last year when UK knocked off 3 #1 seeds was a bit more impressive, especially being a 8 seed.
    UK beat only one 1 seed. The only team to ever defeat 3 #1 seeds in the tournament was Arizona in 1997.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellbird View Post
    I don't know if it's the greatest ever. I thought last year when UK knocked off 3 #1 seeds was a bit more impressive, especially being a 8 seed.
    You can't beat three #1 seeds and NOT win a national championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    The only team to ever defeat 3 #1 seeds in the tournament was Arizona in 1997.
    Yep. Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    UK beat only one 1 seed. The only team to ever defeat 3 #1 seeds in the tournament was Arizona in 1997.
    You're right. Brain fart on my part

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    Kansas.
    I still think that Kansas team was right there with Duke '99 as the best since UNLV '91 not to win the title. People forget how good they were since they exited in the Sweet 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hellbird View Post
    You're right. Brain fart on my part
    However, had they beat UConn last season, it would have been the lowest cumulative total for any Championship team: 9, 1, 4, 2, 2, and 7.

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