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Preview Set in Big Ten Tourney

Preview Set in Big Ten Tourney

The tournament is set for the Big Ten. The biggest question to be asked is who is going to win the tournament and the automatic bid to the NCAA tourney? Game 1 and 2 of the Tournament starts on Wednesday, March 9th with two games, Nebraska versus Northwestern and Penn State versus Minnesota. 

The winners of those games will play Iowa and Ohio State respectively, and two other games Indiana v Michigan, and Maryland v Michigan St, will also be played in the second round which is to take place on Thursday, March 10th. Four teams, Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, and Rutgers all received double byes and a spot in the quarterfinals on Friday, March 11th. The semifinals and final are to take place the two days after. 

All games are to take place at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Here is my round by round prediction of the tournament.

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First Round

Nebraska v Northwestern Winner: Nebraska

Penn St v Minnesota              Winner: Penn State

Second Round 

Indiana v Michigan                 Winner: Michigan

Nebraska v Iowa                    Winner: Iowa

Maryland v Michigan St         Winner: Michigan St

Penn St v Ohio St                  Winner: Ohio St


Michigan v Illinois                  Winner: Illinois

Iowa v Rutgers                      Winner: Iowa

Michigan St v Wisconsin      Winner: Michigan St

Ohio St v Purdue                   Winner: Ohio St


Illinois v Iowa                         Winner: Illinois

Michigan St v Ohio St           Winner: Ohio St


Illinois v Ohio St                    Winner: Illinois 82-77

These two teams made the final of last year’s Big Ten tournament with Illinois pulling off the win in overtime, 91-88.  I expect Illinois to win the tournament for the second year running. 

Source: https://www.mlive.com/sports/2022/03/big-ten-tournament-2022-mens-basketball-bracket.html

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