March Madness in Milwaukee


The NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Basketball Tournaments are just a week away! As college basketball fans prepare for madness to descend on the sporting world for a month of buzzer-beaters, upsets, and pure magic that is March Madness, we’ve put together a little crib sheet complete with everything you need to know to optimize the most exciting tournament on the calendar.

For fans of the ultimate reality television show that is the big dance, where adrenaline meets the downright unexpected, there truly is no better time on the sporting calendar. So, with the first signs of spring, we enter the frenzied chaos of a 68-team single-elimination tournament known as the NCAA Tournament.


Here is where some of the area’s favorite college teams stand heading into Selection Sunday later this week:

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

After a few years away from the dance, Marquette University is looking to ride the madness to its first title since 1977. Regular season conference champions, the Golden Eagles are the beasts of the Big East and anticipate making some noise in the big dance as a projected 2 or 3 seed in the tournament. The #6 ranked team in the nation looks to bolster its resume with a strong showing in the Big East tournament later today against St. Johns in New York for a chance to cement itself as one of the hottest teams entering the 2023 tourney.

After an exceptional season in the Horizon League, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers will miss out on the madness this season. Coming off an exciting win in front of an energetic, raucous crowd at the Klotsche Center last week, the Panthers came up short in the chase to punch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament on Monday, falling to the Cleveland State University Vikings in Indianapolis.

Clinging to a sliver of hope, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Men’s Basketball team’s dream to hear their name called on Selection Sunday is swiftly fading. A season that began under the lights of American Family Field against Stanford in the one-of-a-kind sporting extravaganza now comes down to the wire as they need some help from several other bubble teams to sneak into the tournament.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

Only one women’s team in the area is projected to partake in the madness. At the moment, the Golden Eagles of Marquette University rest firmly on the bubble heading into tournament selection weekend. With a chance to bolster their case, the projected 11 seed ran into the powerhouse #9 UConn Huskies in the Big East Tournament Semifinals earlier this week. Finishing fourth in the Big East, the 21-10 Marquette squad is considered by ESPN as one of the last four teams to enter the fray of March Madness.

Where to Watch

The chaos is upon us! Whether you’re looking for a place to root for the home team or witness the beauty of a true underdog story, catch a blue blood upset or just take in pure chaos, take in wall-to-wall basketball at any of these sports bars. 

Milwaukee's Sports Bars

More Sporting Spectacles

March Madness turn into March sadness? Bracket busted? Your alma mater eschewed from the tournament in a heartbreaking loss? Clock strike 12 on that Cinderella story? Not to worry! With seven championship-caliber professional sports teams in the Milwaukee area, there’s an exciting, action-packed game to take your mind off the tournament and turn that frown upside down.


Make it a Weekend

Stay in the City of Champions to cheer for the Golden Eagles as they begin the pursuit of Marquette’s first title in 46 years, root for your alma mater, or witness the pure chaos that is the NCAA Tournament for less during Hotel Month with discounted rates and special packages on hotels throughout the Greater Milwaukee area.

Hotel Month

Article originally published on 3/9/2023