What we have here are two teams that were underappreciated then overachieved and now find themselves with high seeds in a NCAA Tournament that has no dominant team or player.
So what will happen to Marquette and Wisconsin starting next week?
Got a coin?
There are things to love about the third-seeded Golden Eagles and the fifth-seeded Badgers, and there are things that'll make you stand straight up in bed at 3 a.m., dripping with sweat.
Let's start with Marquette because, to be fair, it has the higher seed.
The Golden Eagles open up against Davidson, one of those teams that can be like mosquitoes at your picnic. What we know about Davidson is its best two wins came against Vanderbilt and West Virginia and the Wildcats lost at UW-Milwaukee - which finished 8-24 on the year - back on Nov. 17.
We also know that Steph Curry has long since graduated, Davidson has the nation's longest winning streak at 17 straight games, the school still does the laundry for its students, five players that averaged double figures last season returned this year and it played 2012 Final Four participant Louisville tough before losing 69-62 in last year's tournament.
A win over the Wildcats would mean a second-round matchup between the winner of Butler and Bucknell. A Sweet 16 possibility with second-seeded Miami also awaits.
But what Marquette fans are really praying for - well, they're likely tweeting fellow Jesuit, Pope Francis I, and asking him to do it for them - is a date with Indiana and former Marquette coach Tom Crean in the Elite Eight. That would be juicy.
But if there's any chance of that happening, Marquette must take better care of the basketball. The Golden Eagles average 13.6 turnovers a game, and have a -7 turnover ratio. That ranks 227th nationally.
If they want to make a deep run, they're going to have to clean things up. And at this time of year, that's asking a lot.
As for the Badgers, the tournament committee did them no favors in matching them up against 12 seed Ole Miss, which knocked off highly regarded Florida on Sunday to win the SEC tournament title.
And the Rebels did it without their starting point guard Jarvis Summers, who was out with a concussion. They also take great care of the basketball, ranking ninth in the country in turnover margin (+4.3). That's impressive on both counts.
We also know Ole Miss' best wins this season have come against Florida, Alabama and Missouri in an SEC that advanced only three to the tournament. Not so impressive. But the Rebels do have Marshall Henderson, and as you'll learn this week, he's very impressive.
And then there are the Badgers, guaranteed to cause you to throw your shoe at your Sony and shortly thereafter give them a hug at least three times every game.
The Badgers can play defense as good as anyone, are physical and will severely test every opponent's mental game. That's a huge plus.
But then there are those scoring droughts, as inevitable as a tornado in spring, and the only question is how long they will last and how much damage they will cause. And they don't shoot free throws well, either. Those are huge minuses.
The West Region is the weakest of the four, and how far the Badgers go will more than likely depend how well they shoot. It's that simple.
Both Marquette and Wisconsin could make a run, and they could both lose their first game. It's that kind of year and they are those kinds of teams.
The forecast for both is mostly cloudy, with a high of (Sweet) 16.
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