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Badgers win (simulated) NCAA national championship!

In an ESPN simulation, the Badgers took home the college basketball national championship.
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Posted at 2:32 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 15:32:11-04

From on-the-bubble to national champions.

That's what ESPN's "Basketball Power Index" has simulated, at least.

In a simulation done Wednesday morning, the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team was crowned as the NCAA Division 1 men's basketball champions.

The No. 4 seeded Badgers had a less than one percent to win the simulation going in, according to ESPN's BPI.

Wisconsin beat two low seeds in the first two rounds, and then knocked off in-state rival Marquette (a No. 9 seed) in the Sweet 16.

The Badgers then faced an old foe in the Elite Eight: third-seeded Duke. Wisconsin got its revenge for the 2015 title game, beating the Blue Devils on a last-second buzzer beater by D'mtrik Trice to win by one.

On to the Final Four! Greg Gard's squad got another exciting win in the national semifinal, as Brad Davison knocked down a three in the closing seconds to give Wisconsin a win over fellow Big Ten champion Maryland.

The Badgers faced another unlikely opponent in the national championship: No. 6 BYU. Nate Reuvers led Wisconsin with 16 points as the Badgers beat the Cougars to claim their first national championship since 1941.

To read the full simulation, click here.