Posts Tagged ‘Big Ten Tournament’


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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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…)


Penn State defeated the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday night to advance to the Big Ten quarterfinals.  The Nittany Lions will face the Badgers of Wisconsin later tonight.

Penn State will make the Big Dance if they can pull off the upset later tonight, I’m convinced of this.  They have beaten three top twenty teams this season, including a split of the season series against the Badgers. 

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Penn State beat Indiana in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament Thursday to advance on to the quarterfinals.  They will play third seed Wisconsin. 

This loss spells an end for the Indiana Hoosiers this season in a very underwhelming year.  The Hoosiers struggled all year in Big Ten play and got no redemption in the tournament.  Indiana ends the season 12-20 overall and just 3-15 in conference play.  Hopefully, they bounce back with a strong year next year.

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For the third time this season Iowa and Michigan State matched up and played another Big Ten basketball game. Except this game was in the first round on the Big Ten tournament and much closer than the first two. In a game where Michigan State made every shot when they needed to they won 66-61. This was a must win game for both Iowa and Michigan State. With only 11 wins on the year, Iowa of course needed to win the Big Ten tournament to get into the big dance. Michigan State on the other hand may have just punched their ticket.

It took a while for this game to get into full swing as both teams came out a tad flat.  Once both teams got rid of the first round gitters, Michigan State ran out to a 7-2 lead over the Hawkeyes.  Iowa wasnt going to lay down for the Spartans, they fought back slowly and tied the game at 24 with 5:18 seconds remaining. At this point Iowa had several opportunities to take the lead for the first time but never could. They either missed free throws or Michigan State hit shots when need be. Iowa tied the game again at 28 and 31 but played from behind the whole half. Michigan State went into the locker room with a 33-31 halftime lead. (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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