The Big Ten Tournament opens today, but for the first time since 2008 IU doesn't have to play until Friday.
The Big Ten Tournament gets underway today. I'm very happy to be avoiding Wednesday for the first time in a while. Let's hope this is the first of many three-game paths to the BTT title.
Here are the games today (all times Eastern):
12:00: (8) Illinois v. (9) Minnesota (BTN). These teams appear to be going in different directions. I tend to think that both will be in absent some serious craziness in other conferences.
2:30: (5) Michigan v. (12) Penn State (BTN). The Wolverines were an inch from clinching the conference title, and now they are playing on Thursday. In addition, it says something good about the Big Ten than the nation's #6 team is the 5 seed. I don't think Penn State will reprise its out-of-nowhere upset, but good on Pat Chambers and his team for fighting until the end of the season.
6:30: (7) Purdue v. (10) Nebraska (ESPN2). The Boilermakers had a disappointing year, but salvaged some hope for 2014 with their upset of Wisconsin, a near-upset of Michigan, and a beatdown of Minnesota. Still, Purdue probably needs a run to the title game just to make the NIT. Can they make it three in a row against Nebraska, which played hard under first year coach Tim Miles?
9:00 (6) Iowa v. (11) Northwestern (ESPN2). There is a chance that this will be Bill Carmody's last game at Northwestern, which would make me sad, but it's probably time. Iowa is playing well and seems capable of a run.