Ah, the Big 10. Perhaps it’s because I’m a graduate of Indiana University, a Hoosier forever at heart, but I find the Big 10 to be the most inspiring conference of them all.
The tournament will be held in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and will begin on Thursday.
The tournament will tip off at 2:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 10, as No. 8 Northwestern (7-11) takes on No. 9 Minnesota (6-12) on ESPN2. The second game will feature No. 7 Michigan State (9-9) vs. No. 10 Iowa (4-14) on ESPN2. The final game of the day will be between No. 6 Penn State (9-9) and No. 11 Indiana (3-15), broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
Let’s take a quick peek at the teams. The Fighting Illinis look great going into the Big Ten Tournament. They hold down the number five seed, but they play the number four Michigan Wolverines on Friday. In the last matchup between the two teams on February 16th, it took two late free throws to finally take down the Wolverines.
Most of the media outlets like ESPN and CBS Sports are expecting Ohio State to take the top spot this tournament and nationally. They recently annihilated the Wisconsin Badgers, 93-65, and this had fueled their fire. Senior guard Jon Diebler is unstoppable. In his last 2 games, Diebler has shot 17 of 20 from 3 point range. If Diebler continues to play like this, the other teams won’t stand a chance.
The 13th ranked Badgers are spearheaded by Jon Leuer (18.9 PPG, 7.3RPG) and Jordan Taylor (18.2 PPG, 4.8 APG, 4.2 RPG). This team is speculated to be the only ones to give the Buckeyes a run for their money.
The Purdue Boilermakers have great potential and have won against the two best teams in the league. Their erratic play is perplexing and therefore not speculated to win the Big Ten Championship after being defeated by one of the Big Ten’s worst teams.(Iowa).
(1) Ohio State Buckeyes (29-2, 16-2)
(2) (3) Wisconsin Badgers (23-7, 13-5)
(3) (3) Purdue Boilermakers (25-6, 14-4)
(4) Michigan Wolverines (19-12, 9-9).
(5) Illinois Illini (19-12, 9-9)
(6) Michigan State (17-13, 9-9)
First Round (Thursday, March 10)
Game 1: No. 8 Northwestern vs. No. 9 Minnesota, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
Game 2: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Iowa, 25 minutes following Game 1 conclusion, ESPN2
Game 3: No. 6 Penn State vs. No. 11 Indiana, 7:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Second Round (Friday, March 11)
Game 4: No. 1 Ohio State vs. Game 1 Winner, Noon, ESPN
Game 5: No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 5 Michigan, 25 minutes following Game 4 conclusion, ESPN
Game 6: No. 2 Purdue vs. Game 2 Winner, 6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network
Game 7: No. 3 Wisconsin vs. Game 3 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 6 conclusion, Big Ten Network
Semi-Finals Round (Saturday, March 12)
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner, 1:40 p.m., CBS Sports
Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 7 Winner, 25 minutes following Game 8 conclusion, CBS Sports
Championship Game (Sunday, March 13)
Game 10: Tournament Championship, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports
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