On Saturday night, four members of the Green Bay Packers' roster will be watching the Final Four matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers and Kentucky Wildcats with great interest. Scott Tolzien and Jared Abbrederis both spent their college days in Madison and played together during the 2010 season, while Randall Cobb and Tim Masthay are loyal Wildcats and were together in Lexington for the 2008 season.
Though that group of four is representative of this year's Final Four schools, the Michigan State Spartans are also well-represented in Packers lore - with both positive and negative connotations.
Take a look through the gallery of former Packers from the four basketball powers, and then join us as we look back at the success that the Packers have had in the NFL Draft under Ted Thompson. Enjoy!
Packers from Final Four schools | Packers.com
The one Pro Football Hall of Famer in the bunch is Herb Adderley, from Michigan State, which also produced such busts as Tony Mandarich and Jerel Worthy. Mark Tauscher (Wisconsin) is another Packer great, and the team has had many former Badgers over the years as one might expect.
Thompson bluffing or for real on Petty visit? | Packersnews.com
I've also heard GMs use their visits on one player to ask him about a college teammate. Maybe Thompson is interested in Baylor wideout Antwan Goodley or inside linebacker Bryce Hager?
Seattle loss was required viewing for coaches ... and McCarthy | ESPN Wisconsin
The old cliche goes "those who don't learn from the past are doomed to repeat it" ... so let's hope Mac and company learned something.
UCLA's Owa Odighizuwa Works to Emulate Former Teammate Datone Jones | Cheesehead TV
One major difference is their size - Jones is listed at 6'5" and 285, while Odighizuwa is more of an edge rusher at 6'3", 267.
Washington pro day report: Marcus Peters shines - NFL - SI.com
Here's a look at the Pro Day for the Washington Huskies, which featured three potential first-round draft picks on defense.
Grading decade of NFL drafts: Packers first, and yes, Raiders worst | Sporting News
The NFL can't let go of the 2010 draft - SBNation.com
No surprise here - the Packers brought in one of the best hauls in 2010, a draft which reshaped the fortunes of several NFL teams.