'Sweet' NCAA doubleheader for Marquette, Wisconsin on Thursday
MILWAUKEE - The NCAA has set up a cheesehead March Madness doubleheader for basketball fans in Wisconsin.
Both Marquette and the Badgers will play in regional semifinals Thursday evening.
Wisconsin, the fourth seed in the East region, will take on top-seeded Syracuse in the opener. That game tips off at 6:15 p.m. in Boston.
Three hours later, 3rd-seeded Marquette battles the West Region's number seven seed, Florida. Those teams will tip it off at approximately 9:15 p.m. in Phoenix.
Larrivee: Marquette has 'great shot' to beat Florida, Badgers 'got a shot at Syracuse'
A longtime NCAA basketball play-by-play voice believes in both cheese state teams' possibilities of victory Thursday night, though their chances of winning somewhat differ.
"I think Marquette got a great shot here at getting to the Elite Eight," said Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wayne Larrivee, who is doing national broadcasts of the NCAA tournament on radio.
He touts Florida's ability to stay with top teams, but says that they must hit from the outside to stay with MU.
"I saw Florida a couple times in the SEC tournament. They took Kentucky down to the wire. They're a good team, but they're very much like Wisconsin. They rely on that outside shot. They've got to be hitting threes. If they constrict Marquette's defense from the perimeter, maybe they've got a chance."
For the Badgers against Syracuse, the outside shot is critical for victory.
"They've got a shot a Syracuse," said Larrivee.
"It's all a matter of Wisconsin if they hit their outside shots. That's the whole deal. It has been all season."
Wisconsin succeeded in the NCAA 3rd round against the same defense that Syracuse has made legendary, the 2-3 zone.
"Vandy stayed in the 2-3 zone a little too long," explained Larrivee.
Another thing that could help
"They've got a shot a Syracuse. Fab Melo is not playing for Syracuse. That's a big defensive piece out of it for Syracuse, but they are the deepest team in the NCAA tournament."
"I think it's been one of his best coaching jobs overall this season, and certainly in the tournament this past weekend."