Posts Tagged ‘NCAA Tournament’


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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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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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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