X Factors to Watch in Wisconsin vs. American NCAA Tournament Matchup

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X Factors to Watch in Wisconsin vs. American NCAA Tournament Matchup
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Entering the NCAA Tournament, the Wisconsin Badgers could not have asked for a much better draw than the one they received in the West Region, and it begins with playing American University in their own backyard.

The No. 2-seeded Badgers (26-7) will get to play at least one—conceivably two—games in Milwaukee thanks to a stellar season that resulted in a second-place finish in the Big Ten and winning streaks of both 16 and eight games. But as we've seen in the past, Wisconsin can have trouble in the round of 64 despite the level of competition, and that's why the Eagles (20-12) can't be viewed as a pushover.

American earned its way into the tournament by defeating Boston University and winning the Patriot League Tournament. Not only did the Eagles win it, but they dismantled the Terriers, winning 55-36 on Boston's home court.

Sometimes, the NCAA Tournament can be all about X-factors—players that don't receive much recognition throughout the season, but shine when the lights are brightest, propelling their team to a deep tourney run.

Which X-factors could lead to either one of the biggest upsets in tourney history, or allow the No. 2-seeded Badgers to coast to a round of 64 victory?

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