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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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I’m not sure that anyone predicted that Ohio State and Penn State would be playing Sunday night in Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship. If anyone did project this matchup, I’d like to meet to meet them.  Ohio State would be a logical pick to play in championship game of the Big Ten tournament but Penn State? Unless you’re a Penn State fan, that’s a pretty unrealistic pick. Until they beat Michigan State of course. Penn State is the 6th seed and will be making their first appearance in the final round of the Big Ten tournament.

How Penn State got this far is unbelievable. They beat Indiana handily before they shocked the 13th ranked team in the country, the Wisconsin Badgers in a pitchers duel. Once Penn State beat the Spartans in the semi finals they found themselves as a near lock for the NCAA tournament but would love nothing better than to shock the world and give Ohio State their 3rd loss of the season for the Big Ten championship.

Penn State has 19 wins on the year, whether they get win number 20 or not, they are a lock of the NCAA tournament. In my opinion Penn State has a great shot to win perhaps the biggest game in their basketball programs history. (more…)


In the quarter-final round of the Big Ten Tournament, the phrase “anybody can beat anybody on any given night” occurred. To start off the day, the #1 seed Ohio State barley slipped by they #8 seed Northwestern in overtime. In game 5 of the tournament the 5 seeded Michigan Wolverines upset the 4th seeded Fighting Illini by five. To be completely honest, the 6th game of the Big Ten Tournament shocked me. The 7th seeded Michigan State Spartans beat the #2 seed Purdue handily. (more…)


 

At 1:30 PM CST Today, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will take on the Northwestern Wildcats to kick off the Big Ten Conference tournament. You can catch our preview of the games here on the site, and we will bring you coverage of the games all day long. The Gophers and Wildcats will get things started followed by the Iowa Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans at 3:30, and at 6:30 Indiana will take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.

These three games are essentially play-in games for every team, as the Big Ten has 11 teams. Right now, the Big Ten is expected to put in four or five teams to the NCAA tournament. March Madness has already begun. If you want one more chance to catch your favorite Big Ten team play, this might be it.


 

Golden Gophers Leading Scorer and Rebounder Trevor Mbakwe

Minnesota:  17-13 (6-12)

Northwestern:  17-12 (7-11)

Minnesota and Northwestern just played a game against each other not too long ago, one that Northwestern won pretty easily with a final score of 68-57. The season series between the two teams is currently tied at one win apiece, with the scores tied at exactly 138-138 combined for the two contests.

Even though both games were won by 11 points by the respective teams, this rubber match should be an exciting game. For Northwestern, they will have to use their great court vision as a team (10th in the nation in assists) and rely on the offense of John Shurna, who is averaging 17 points per game and shooting 47.4 percent from beyond the three-point line.

Minnesota will need to slow down the efficient offensive attack of the Wildcats if they are going to win this game.

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