MADISON (WAOW) — The picks are in!
Governor Tony Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes recently filled out their 2019 NCAA Men’s Tournament brackets, ahead of Thursday’s first-round match-ups.
As an University of Wisconsin alumnus and lifelong Badgers fan, Gov. Evers picked the Wisconsin Badgers to beat Duke to win the national championship, with Texas Tech and North Carolina also advancing to the Final Four.
“We’re getting revenge from a couple years ago (Duke defeated Wisconsin to win the 2015 National Championship),” Gov. Evers said. “Ethan Happ clearly is a dominating player but they can use that to get open shots. If they make those open shots, they could win a lot of games.”
Lt. Gov. Barnes picked the Badgers and the Marquette Golden Eagles to advance to the Final Four but has Kansas beating Maryland in his title game.
“I have Kansas winning it all but there’s a historical context to it,” Lt. Gov. Barnes said. “I have an uncle that was a recruiter there. But I would love to see either Wisconsin or Marquette win it all and prove me wrong.”
Wisconsin and Marquette, both 5 seeds, are slated for 3:30 starts versus 12th-seeded teams in their respective first games of the tournament. The Golden Eagles take on the Murray State Racers Thursday, while the Badgers take on the Oregon Ducks Friday afternoon.
This year’s NCAA Men’s Final Four semifinal will be held in Minneapolis April 6th with the title game April 8th.