IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE BIG 10 TOURNAMENT 🏀
- •On Wednesday afternoon, the 19th annual Big Ten Tournament tips off. As it stands, six Big Ten teams appear to be locks for the NCAA Tournament, six teams would need to run the table to make the field of 68, while Ohio State and Michigan are leftover as bubble teams with work to do to secure their spots.
- •Wednesday: Illinois over Minnesota, Nebraska over Rutgers. The Golden Gophers only have five scholarship players available after three suspensions and an injury depleted an already weak roster. Rutgers' lone B1G win came this past Saturday, against those same Gophers, but their winning streak will be short lived.
- •Thursday: Northwestern over Michigan, Illinois over Iowa, Ohio State over Penn State, Wisconsin over Nebraska. The Wildcats put the final nail in the Wolverines' coffin, while in-state rival Illinois upsets a reeling Iowa squad. OSU sneaks by PSU, ending Brandon Taylor's collegiate career. Newly appointed coach Greg Gard leads Wisconsin to victory.
- •Friday: Indiana over Northwestern, Purdue over Illinois, Michigan State over Ohio State, Wisconsin over Maryland. In the morning session the two Indiana team's emerge victorious. MSU remains red hot and blows out the Buckeyes for the third time, ending their NCAA hopes. Wisconsin then gets revenge on Diamond Stone's cheap shot and beats the Terps.
- •Saturday: Purdue over Indiana, Michigan State over Wisconsin. In a battle of hometown teams, the Boilermakers' inside presence outdoes the Hoosiers' outside shooters. The second semifinal also goes down to the wire, but the Spartans, hungry for the #1 overall seed, outlast the suddenly rejuvenated Badgers.
- •Sunday: Michigan State over Purdue. Betting against Tom Izzo in March is foolish, which applies here. After an overtime thriller last month in West Lafayette, the Spartans get even and hit free throws late to clinch the victory and Big Ten Tournament title.
- •Big Ten All-Tournament Team: MVP- Denzel Valentine (Michigan State), Vince Edwards (Purdue), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin), Malcolm Hill (Illinois), Bryn Forbes (Michigan State).