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Big Ten quarterfinals preview

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:37 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 10:46 pm
 
The higher-seeded teams all won in the Big Ten tournament on Thursday ... except Northwestern.

What a stupid loss for a bunch of smart kids.

The Wildcats' 75-68 loss to Minnesota ended any realistic hopes they had of making the NCAA tournament. So that's one storyline we won't deal with on Selection Sunday. That's good, I guess.

Let's look at Friday's matchups in the Big Ten tournament.

Michigan State (1) vs. Iowa (8): The good news is that Tom Izzo won't have to end Bruce Weber's Big Ten career. The bad news is that Fran McCaffery almost certainly did courtesy of Iowa's 64-61 victory over Illinois in Thursday's first round. So now we get Michigan State vs. Iowa. The Spartans beat the Hawkeyes by 34 points in the only meeting between the two schools this season. This game shouldn't be that lopsided. But Michigan State should still win easily.

Wisconsin (4) vs. Indiana (5): Tom Crean has experienced enough injuries in his tenure at Indiana to know when things are good or bad, so when he said Verdell Jones' knee injury was "not good" after Thursday's win over Penn State it was safe to assume Jones wouldn't play in Friday's quarterfinals, and that he probably won't play in the NCAA tournament, either. That's too bad. The senior deserved to finish his career the right way. Now he'll likely finish it on crutches. Either way, this Wisconsin-Indiana game will be fun. Wisconsin won the season's only meeting by single digits at the Kohl Center. Take that for what it's worth.

Michigan (2) vs. Minnesota (10): Tubby Smith ensured Northwestern will remain the nation's only power-conference school to never make the NCAA tournament by dealing the Wildcats a loss in Thursday's first round. Now excuse me while I talk to Northwestern. (Really, Northwestern? College basketball fans -- and analysts -- seemed OK with putting you in the Field of 68 despite your 1-10 record against the Top 50, and then you went out and lost to Minnesota, which isn't even a Top 50 team. Shame on you, Wildcats. I can't even look at you right now.)

Ohio State (3) vs. Purdue (6): The Boilermakers played Ohio State tough in Columbus during the regular season despite the fact that Robbie Hummel missed nine of the 13 shots he took. So if the senior star is better Friday ...
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wailian22
Since: Mar 21, 2012
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Since: Dec 12, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:30 am
 

Big Ten quarterfinals preview

Love the confidence, but we have also lost to Northwestern twice, Nebraska, Penn State, and Illinois.  We did avenge the loss to Illinois and are playing better, so let's hope they put on a good show.

Go Hawks!



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 10:54 am
 

Big Ten quarterfinals preview

Iowa has beaten Wisconsin twice, Michigan and Indiana. Michigan State has not played well in a month, traditionally plays poorly in the BTT, is looking ahead to tomorrow, and is playing its first game without a key player. Izzo seems generally not to care about the BTT. Look for a very close game. If Iowa is hitting its 3 pointers ths Spartans could be in trouble.


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