Biggest Challenges Wisconsin Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup with American

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Biggest Challenges Wisconsin Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup with American
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On paper, it sure looks like the No. 2-seeded Wisconsin Badgers should have no trouble dispatching the No. 15-seeded American University Eagles in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

But if there's one thing we've learned from this season of college basketball, it's that we haven't learned anything.

The Badgers, despite one of the more challenging nonconference schedules in Division I basketball, went on to start the season 16-0. The Eagles would not have even qualified as one of the five toughest Wisconsin opponents before Big Ten play got underway, and with the Badgers getting slotted to play in Milwaukee, that would seem to only make the task easier.

Then again, it was just after the Badgers began conference play when the wheels started to come off. Wisconsin dropped games to Indiana on the road and Northwestern at home, two teams that combined to go 31-34 this season, as part of a six-game stretch that included five defeats.

Most would agree that the Badgers have moved on from that forgettable stretch of basketball, but they've shown a tendency to be vulnerable. What could the Eagles do to expose that vulnerability in the round of 64? Here are some of the biggest challenges American could present Wisconsin.

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