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Top Weekend Events March 11 – 13

PBRWelcome to your Wednesday!

It certainly is an odd mix of things that are topping the charts this week, huh.  There’s everything from Bull Riding to Disney to Spring Training to Comedy and everything in between.

The Professional Bull Riders show up on the list for their Hampton Invitational where the riders seek valuable qualifying points for the 2011 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals. The Hampton Invitational is part of the PBR’s Touring Pro Series. Money earned by the riders at PBR Hampton Invitational counts toward the PBR qualifier standings that determine which cowboys will compete at the 2011 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals in Las Vegas NV.  Get all that?

As far as sports go, obviously March Madness kicks off this week with the regional tournaments including the Big Ten which appears on our list below and the Big East which has HUGE expectations for their outcomes.  Ohio State University and Pittsburgh are expected to come out on top of those tournaments.  The Yankees are the first official MLB baseball team to make the list in 2011.  I was betting it was going to be the Red Sox.  Oh well.

On the music scene, Flogging Molly is not of any surprise to me.  St. Patty’s day is almost upon us and FM’s Irish/Celtic rock sound is immensely popular this time of year.  Rascal Flatts is also showing up on the list with their big tour Nothing Like This.   Their shows are heavy on special effects, including videos, pyrotechnics and laser lights.  Kid Rock makes another appearance on the list.  And Girl Talk, also known as Gregg Michael Gillis, is an American musician that specializes in mashups and digital sampling.  The Houston Rodeo is also going on this weekend.  Other upcoming acts at the HR include: Lady Antebellum, Kid Rock (again!), KISS, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean.  Tracy Morgan should not go unmentioned, given his popularity with Saturday Night Live (SNL) and 30 Rock.  This is one funny man!

1.)    PBR, Hampton Coliseum , Hampton, VA March 11th

2.)    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Pantages Theater, March 12th

3.)    Flogging Molly, Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO – March 13th

4.)    Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN – March 11th

5.)    New York Yankees’ Tickets Spring Training, George M Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Florida – March 11

6.)    Girl Talk, Ogden Theater, Denver Colorado – March 11th

7.)    Kid Rock, Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, MS  March 11th

8.)    Rascal Flatts, Oklahoma City Arena, Oklahoma, OK, March 12th

9.)    Tracy Morgan, Borgata Music Box Theater, Atlantic City, NJ – March 12th

10.) Houston Rodeo – Gary Allan, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – March 12th

Big 10 Tournament Stats and Info

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).

Stats:

(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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