No, not that tourney. C’mon folks, you didn’t actually think we would talk about the big dance, did you? We are here to talk about the Big Ten tourney; the tourney that can finally put us out of our misery. Honestly Michigan, just get it over with, let us move on with our lives. We’ve been itching all winter for more football and all we’ve really been able to focus on is how horrific this basketball team has been. So, instead of droning on about the same old stuff, we want to take a quick look at the matchups and schedule for the tourney this weekend so we can just put this whole thing behind us.
So here we go. Things kick off in just a few hours with our beloved (or whatever they are) Hawkeyes taking on Michigan in Indianapolis at 1:30 CT. For those demented souls that want to watch, it will be on ESPN2. The Hawks are 10-21 (4-14 in the Big Ten) while the Wolverines are 14-16 (7-11 in conference). I don’t know how it happened, but the Lick has to be pleased with the #9 seed – I know I certainly thought it would be lower as of about a week ago. As for the game, look for the Hawkeyes to get their faces pounded in and several players to transfer immediately following the loss (just kidding, but seriously).
Next on the docket is Indiana and Northwestern. Also on ESPN2, this one tips off at 3:30 CT. The Hoosiers are fighting to finish ahead of the Hawkeyes and hold a 10-20 record (4-14 in the Big Ten) while the Wildcats are 19-12 (7-11 in conference). The day wraps up with Penn State (they are actually worse than us – didn’t think that was a possibility) and Minnesota at 6:30 CT. The Nittany Lions are sitting at 11-19 (3-15 in conference) and Minny is at 18-12 (9-9 in the Big Ten).
Day 2 brings a little more excitement. Things get started on Friday with the #1 seed Ohio State (24-7, 14-4) taking on the winner of the Iowa v. Michigan game (so Michigan) at 11 Central on ESPN. The only game with both teams locked in tips off at 1:25 Central, also on ESPN. The #4 seed Wisconsin (23-7, 13-5) will take on the #5 Illinois (18-13, 10-8). Interesting side note on this one: the Badgers slaughtered the Illini just last Sunday 72-57.
Tomorrow’s festivities continue, but shift over to the Big Ten Network. At 5:30 CT, the #2 seed Purdue (26-4, 14-4) will take on the winner of the Northwester v. Indiana game. The action ends with #3 Michigan State (24-7, 14-4) taking on the winner of Minnesota and Penn State following the end of the Purdue game.
Things get messy from there as all games depend on the outcomes of previous games. The championship will be held at Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana at 2:30 Central Time and will be broadcast on CBS. A complete schedule including times and TV stations can be found here. Below you will find the bracket as per the Big Ten website.