Badgers on getting No. 9 seed: ‘Our backs are against the wall’

Wisconsin is a nine seed in this year’s tournament and faces eight seed North Carolina Friday at 6 p.m. on CBS. It’s a tough draw, as if the Badgers get by the Tar Heels, they’ll almost certainly play one-seed Baylor next round.

Greg Gard says the other eight Big Ten teams who were selected may have played a part in Wisconsin’s seeding.

“I knew we wouldn’t be the 8-9 game with [one seeds] Michigan or Illinois, we wouldn’t be the 7-10 with [two seeds] Ohio State or Iowa, so it probably minimized where they could put us,” Gard said.

North Carolina went 18-10 this year but are the best rebounding team in the country. D’Mitrik Trice says the Badgers are playing better of late, but it’ll take a serious mindset to get through the first round.

“Our backs are against the wall,” Trice said. “This is the last go-around for us seniors, and to be in the position we’re in, we’re going to be clawing any space we can get, so for 40 minutes we’re going to go out there and play hard and play together.”