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Winner could have easier NCAA Tournament path

Originally Published: February 22, 2007
By Jeff Shelman | Special to ESPN.com

Yes, Wisconsin-Ohio State lost a little bit of its allure when Drew Neitzel started making shots from Okemos Tuesday night. Still, Sunday's matchup of red vs. red, experience vs. talent, and Bucky vs. the Buckeyes -- call it soon-to-be-former No. 1 vs. No. 1 -- remains a significant game.

And it has nothing to do with the Big Ten regular-season title. This, like almost everything else in college basketball, has to do with the NCAA Tournament.

One effect of the Tournament's becoming an ...

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