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Badger fans gather to watch the start of NCAA tournament

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Fans who couldn't make it to Milwaukee for the Badgers first game in the NCAA Tournament were able to see the game on the big screen in Madison.

Dozens gathered at Union South's Sett Pub on the UW-Madison campus Thursday to watch the Badgers take on the American Eagles in the second round of the tournament. Wisconsin took the game with a 75-35 win against the 15th-seeded American University.

Fans are anticipating Wisconsin could go far in the tournament this year, some predicting the Final Four.

"I think the Badgers have got the best shot they've had in many years," says Jeffrey Lyons, a Madison fan. "They've got good seeding, they've got a good road, they just gotta play hard every minute."

Those watching the game at Union South say it's the perfect environment to cheer on the team.

"We come and watch most of the football games and basketball games here at the Sett," says Catherine Wernberg, from Madison. "It's a great atmosphere, it's just fun to be here."

The Sett's general manager tells 27 News it's hard to anticipate how busy it'll be on a game day, but they always try to prepare for the biggest crowds.

"Sometimes [the atmosphere] is just as good as it is over at the stadium," says Riley Garcia. "It gets pretty crazy in here."

On Saturday, the 2-seeded Badgers will face the winner of the Thursday matchup between Oregon-BYU.


MADISON (WKOW) --- Fans have gathered at the Union South on UW Campus to watch the Badgers in their first game in the NCAA tournament. 

The University of Wisconsin is battling American University in Milwaukee.

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Jennifer Kliese is there and will have fan reaction after the game on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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