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Chasing Cinderella 2016: Wisconsin basketball

With Wisconsin set to square off against Notre Dame in the Sweet 16, is it fair to classify the Badgers' run as a Cinderella story?Watch on YouTube | Subscribe to SB Nation on YouTube

Traditionally speaking, it’s very hard to think of the 2015-16 Wisconsin basketball team as a Cinderella story -- they’ve been a major national program for some time now, recently developed first round NBA draft picks, and have achieved huge levels of success in the NCAA Tournament under, until this season, a well known head coach in Bo Ryan.

The case for thinking of Wisconsin as a Cinderella is simple -- even though Wisconsin is a well known program, this year, with some new faces taking a step back from the top of the Big Ten makes it feel like a new, rebooted era. They also now have the opportunity, as a seven seed, to beat four straight teams seeded higher (or much higher) than they are to take home a national championship a year AFTER the now-departed Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky headlined their most talented team ever.

If the Badger momentum were to continue, it’d be awfully hard to argue against Wisconsin as a true Cinderella story.