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Darius Morris

Michigan point guard Darius Morris has decided to go pro after his sophomore season in Ann Arbor.  Morris helped lead Michigan to the big dance this season, before losing to Duke in their second game.

This is certainly a major blow for the Wolverines, who were one of the better young teams last season, with big hopes for the upcoming season.  Even without Morris, Michigan should be a force to be reckoned with this season.

Morris could return to school since he has not signed with an agent, but the likelihood of the happening is next to zero.  He will be a steal in the second round as I feel that he is one of the best point guards available this year, and will only continue to get better over the next few seasons.  I feel that Morris could have been a top 10 pick next season had he returned to school for his junior season.

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Big Ten Nation staff Austin Bramley, Sayre Bedinger, and myself will be taking a look at each Big Ten round three match-up.

Ohio State vs George Mason:

Austin: Ohio State

Sayre: Ohio State

Nick: Ohio State

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William Buford and Jared Sullinger Celebrate

The Big Ten rolled on the second day of round two, going undefeated in four games.  Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois, and Purdue all go onto round three with wins today. We will recap all the Big Ten games of today below.

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Back on the third of Febuary, no one thought that the Michigan Wolverines would be in the big dance.  The Wolverines were 3-8 in their previous 11 games, including a 19 point thrashing by Indiana.  Then the Wolverines surged down the stretch, winning six of eight during the final portion of the season.

The Wolverines were still a bubble team entering the Big Ten tournament, where they were the fourth seed going up against the fifth seed Illinois.  After beating the Fighting Illini, the Wolverines were considered locks to be in the tournament.  They also hung with number one Ohio State, ultimately losing 68-61. (more…)


March Madness has come to Big Ten Country

The Big Ten fared very well on selection Sunday sending seven of eleven teams to the Big Dance.  Only the Big East fared better, sending eleven teams albeit with a much bigger conference. 

Earning the overall number one seed and playing in the East region is the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The Buckeyes have been impressive all season and should make a deep tourney run.  Leading the Buckeyes is freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who will likely make the jump to the NBA after this season.  No reason not to expect at least an elite eight appearance by the Buckeyes this season.

Two Big Ten teams will be making an appearance in the West region this year.  The eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines will be facing the ninth seeded Tennessee Volunteers to start off.  This is an intriguing match-up as both teams are very solid so it should be one of the better round two games this year.

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Earlier today the top seeded Buckeyes beat the fourth seeded Wolverines to advance to the finals for the third straight year.  The Wolverines certainly gave the Buckeyes a game, but in the end, the Buckeyes- like all great teams- prevailed. 

The Wolverines are almost guaranteed a spot in the Big Dance despite the loss.  The Buckeyes pretty much assured themselves of a number one seed, and with a win tomorrow will be the Top number one seed in the tournament.  The Buckeyes also swept the season series against the Wolverines 3-0 with the win.

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