With the regular season in the rear-view mirror and the NCAA tourney underway, I decided it was a good time to share some of the things I didn’t expect to see this season in the Big Ten – whether it be from a team, player or coach. See my list of 21 things in this post.
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The NCAA tourney begins on Tuesday with four first-round games. Iowa will take part in the opening round, as it battles fellow No. 11 seed Tennessee. The other five Big Ten teams will wait until Thursday or Friday to take the lid off NCAA tournament play. Here’s an A-Z took at the Big Ten and the Big Dance.
It was an up-and-down season for Indiana. The Hoosiers went 17-15, including 7-11 in Big Ten play, and recorded four home wins over ranked foes, including eventual Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan. One season after being a No. 1 seed and making the Sweet 16, Indiana’s inconsistent campaign left it out of the NCAA tourney.
The Big Ten is home to some of the nation’s elite basketball players and coaches. The conference also boasts an impressive who’s who of players-turned-assistants. From a familiar Big Ten name, Dane Fife, to a familiar national name, Chris Quinn, the Big Ten could field a very competitive pickup game featuring assistants. View my All-Big Ten assistant team in this post.
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On Sunday morning, with just a handful of games left to be played, we took a last look at the Easy Bubble Solver. As a reminder, the Easy Bubble Solver involves adding together the KenPom rank and RPI rank for every team, then ranking them in ascending order. It’s a way to get a feel for which teams are in the field without spending all the time necessary to scrutinize every team’s resume.
Congrats to Coach Izzo and his Michigan State Spartans for winning the Big Ten tournament!