NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Reaching the Sweet 16 can do many things for a college basketball program. Energize the fan-base, boost recruiting, sell tickets for the following season and of course set up a chance to bring home a trophy.
Reaching the second weekend of the NCAA tournament also means a lot of attention from the national media. The Wisconsin Badgers are realizing that here in New Orleans.
A quick roll call of the national media assembled here in the Crescent City reveals: Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn and Kelly Anderson, ESPN's Andy Katz and Rick Reilly, Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman, Marlen Garcia of USA Today, the New York Times' Pete Thamel and Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News, among others.
Between beignets on Bourbon Street and jazz joint sojourns, the media have taken a liking to Bo Ryan and his Badgers. While not all journalists may agree on the beauty of "Wisconsin's style" there is certainly a consensus that "Wisconsin wins."
And winning is beautiful.
Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn has Wisconsin No. 4 on his Sweet 16 Power Rankings and features a great video of Mike Bruesewitz discussing his rust-colored coif.
Winn also examines the unique hand-shake that Jordan Taylor and Tim Jarmusz employ (with video) in his NCAA Tournament Style Archive.
ESPN Andy Katz knows that the other three teams in New Orleans may have interesting storylines, but the Badgers are no afterthought.
Katz's ESPN.com colleague Ted Miller explains how there's nothing complicated about winning the "Wisconsin way."
A USA Today column thinks Keaton Nankivil's black eye is a perfect symbol for Wisconsin basketball.
The Sporting News has recognized UW's effectiveness and has recognized it all the way to the Final Four.
Chicago Tribune writer Chris Hine reminds us to 'Slow down and enjoy the pace of Wisconsin basketball.'
Colin Fly of the Associated Press has seen the success of the swing.
Bo Ryan dropped by ESPN's Rome is Burning recently to give his 'take.'
On break from covering Gopher basketball, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's Myron P. Medcalf is following UW's Minnesota natives, beginning with Jordan Taylor and his inner toughness.