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Technically, the NCAA tourney tipped off Tuesday night. But with a pair of Big Ten teams set to open the Big Dance on Thursday, it’s time to consider the best Big Ten NCAA matchups we may see in this year’s tourney.
Strength of schedule figures to be a big component of the criteria used to determine who will play in the coming four-team playoff in 2014. To that end, Wisconsin’s 2015 slate will get a big boost from having a game with Alabama on its slate.
On the eve of the NCAA tournament, hope spring eternal for every team. Get hot, rip off six victories in a row, and you will be national champion.
Wisconsin’s Mike Bruesewitz was known for his hustle and hairdos throughout the most part of his college career. For some fun, we’ve highlighted several of Bruesewitz’s different hairdos during his time in Madison. See the photo gallery in this post.
Tom Crean and the Hoosiers didn’t get the No. 1 spot in the Midwest—and the chance to play the second weekend of the tourney in Indianapolis that came along with it–but they are No. 1 in the East and open in nearby Dayton, Ohio. All in all, it’s not a terrible draw, especially when one looks at the loaded field in the Midwest. However, Indiana is only 3-3 in its last six games.
CHICAGO – Fans looking to follow Big Ten teams throughout the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments can turn to BTN for comprehensive coverage, including pre- and post-game press conferences and frequent episodes of Big Ten Basketball & Beyond: Tournament Edition, hosted by Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson.
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As we sit on the cusp of postseason play for nine Big Ten teams, it feels an appropriate time to revisit where we were just four short months ago, previewing a season that was about to unfold before us. Did we nail it, or do we need to turn in our Geek cards?