Posts Tagged ‘Big Ten Basketball’


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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Going into the Big Ten tournament, Penn State was not even close to being in a bracket.  Then Penn State had a great run, defeating Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan State before losing to Ohio State.  After the win versus Wisconsin, Penn State was a bubble team, after beating Michigan State, they were in, no doubts about it.

Even so, you want to have a favorable match up in your first game, and the selection committee did Penn State no favors with their opponent being A-10 foe Temple.  Temple has defeated Georgetown and Georgia, both of which are tournament bound.

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Can Jordan Taylor Lead Wisconsin Deep Into the Tournament?

The Big Ten sent seven schools to the NCAA Tournament when the brackets were announced on Sunday evening, a number that was only eclipsed by arguably the greatest conference in the history of college basketball–the Big East. That being said, there is going to be a lot of Big Ten coverage in the up-coming March Madness festivities. Top ranked Ohio State leads a crop of Big Ten teams with a combination of youth, experience, and star power.

Here is how the staff sees the Big Ten contests turning out this weekend.

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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…)


 

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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