The Big Dance is upon us. But prior to this insanity of which we all embrace and love, the leagues MUST journey through their tournaments.
College Basketball has been wonderful this year. I love the losses, the juggling of the rankings, etc. To me, in my comprehension of understanding, this all equates to an even scale in talent. I’ll leave it there!
The Big Ten and their Tournament takes place in Washington D.C. for the first time at the Verizon Center. Personally speaking I’d prefer the Midwest somewhere, primarily because that’s the heart of the Big Ten, but also, honestly, with the makeup of D.C. I’d stay as far away as possible. Enough said!
Let’s review the tournament:
It all begins tomorrow, the 8th. Allow us to review the schedule:
Big Ten Tournament Schedule:
Date Game Round Matchup Time (ET) TV
Wednesday, March 8 1 First No. 13 Penn State vs. No. 12 Nebraska 4:30 p.m. ESPN2
Wednesday, March 8 2 First No. 14 Rutgers vs. No. 11 Ohio State 7 p.m. BTN
Thursday, March 9 3 Second No. 9 Illinois vs. No. 8 Michigan Noon BTN
Thursday, March 9 4 Second No. 5 Michigan State vs. Game 1 winner 25 minutes after Game 3 BTN
Thursday, March 9 5 Second No. 10 Indiana vs. No. 7 Iowa 6:30 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday, March 9 6 Second No. 6 Northwestern vs. Game 2 winner 25 minutes after Game 5 ESPN2
Friday, March 10 7 Quarterfinals No. 1 Purdue vs. Game 3 winner Noon ESPN
Friday, March 10 8 Quarterfinals No. 4 Minnesota vs. Game 4 winner 25 minutes after Game 7 ESPN
Friday, March 10 9 Quarterfinals No. 2 Wisconsin vs. Game 5 winner 6:30 p.m. BTN
Friday, March 10 10 Quarterfinals No. 3 Maryland vs. Game 6 winner 25 minutes after Game 9 BTN
Saturday, March 11 11 Semifinals Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 1 p.m. CBS Sports
Saturday, March 11 12 Semifinals Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports
Sunday, March 12 13 Finals Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner 3 p.m. CBS Sports
Let’s review it all:
The Buckeyes will meet up first with Rutgers. These two teams first meet up on the 8th of February with the Buckeyes squeaking by 70-64. The prediction was not difficult that OSU would have won that game, what was an over-play, was the perception they would cream the Rutgers team. Nonsense. Keep in mind, these Buckeyes have been here and there all year. They are truly unpredictable. And, I will repeat this, the loss of Keita Bates-Diop was the demise of the season. Their soul was gone, and they hadn’t any idea where to turn. But outside of all of that, this is a much better team than given credit.
I anticipate that the Buckeyes will win this one.
Then they will face Northwestern. The only time these two teams met was on January 22nd. The Buckeye lost – in a close, and heartbreaker 74-72. Northwestern is an improved team. They should be invited to The Dance regardless of these Tournament results. But, with that fantastic up-play of Bryant McIntosh and Vic Law. But I continue to subscribe that the Buckeyes are better. Fingers crossed – Buckeyes move on.
In my mind the teams here to beat, of course if Purdue, Wisconsin, and Maryland. They, or certainly two of them will shine. I personally believe it’ll be Maryland. The whole world has Purdue winning. Some Wisconsin. Reminder: No one OSU. Just a brain lapse there – sorry. I like Maryland here. I could break it all down, but if I turn out to be wrong, it only plays me to be part-time philosopher reface Big Ten Basketball. So, allow me to be the part-time philosopher I am – I will go with Maryland over Purdue. And, if it matters, the Buckeyes will do well. Watch!