At the end of conference play, the Wisconsin Badgers didn't appear to be heading in the right direction. Ugly losses to Purdue on Senior Day and Michigan State in East Lansing gave off the impression that the Badgers would be the victim of an early exit in the NCAA tournament.
But then came the Big Ten tournament, where Wisconsin pulled off upsets on consecutive days against Michigan and Indiana. The Badgers couldn't quite pull off the trifecta in the final against Ohio State, but nevertheless, they were able to build some momentum leading up to Selection Sunday. At the very least, the Badgers helped improve their seed to a five thanks to some impressive victories, although they may have deserved a better fate.
Wisconsin has the ability to beat anyone on any given night, but it can also play down to its opponent. In order for the Badgers to make a deep run or even win the 2013 NCAA tournament, it will need to achieve everything listed on this blueprint.