Not many fans outside of Badgerland gave No. 4 seed Wisconsin much chance at a deep NCAA tournament run.
Wisconsin looked vulnerable following a gruesome 36-33 loss to Penn State in the Big Ten tournament. As people filled out their brackets, taking No. 13 seed Belmont over Wisconsin in the round of 64 was a popular upset pick.
But Wisconsin had little trouble in defeating the overwhelmed Belmont squad, 72-58.
Even after that convincing win, the Badgers were expected to struggle against Kansas State's up-tempo offense.
But Wisconsin battled back from a late six-point deficit and rallied past the Wildcats for a 70-65 win, reaching the Sweet 16 for the fourth time since 2000.
Once again, Bo Ryan has taken Wisconsin on a successful tournament run. How deep will the Badgers go in the 2011 NCAA tournament?
Here are six reasons to believe the Badgers can make it to Houston for the Final Four.