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BTN gets fans ready for March Madness with a 2013 Tournament Rewind next Monday through Wednesday, featuring replays of last season’s most exciting NCAA Tournament games involving Big Ten teams. Four Big Ten men’s basketball teams reached the Sweet 16, two advanced to the Elite Eight, and after an incredible run, Michigan came up just shy of winning the National Championship.
Michigan State used a run out of intermission to create separation from Iowa in an eventual 10-point win. Both teams scored nearly at will in this one, but the Spartans’ outstanding three-point shooting masked a high turnover rate that is becoming worrisome.
J.J. Sullinger had a consistent and solid three-year career at Ohio State. From 2003-06, the older brother of Jared Sullinger started 86 of 94 games, shot 49.5 percent and averaged 9.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals. Also, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2006 Big Ten title, their first since 1992.
It seems every radio show I am on, I’m asked this question: Is the Big Ten the best league in America? Or, it is an average league with a lot of good teams?
Michigan won the Big Ten title outright last night on the strength of a shockingly easy win at Illinois. Sure, the Illini don’t have an impressive record, but John Groce’s team came into the matchup on a three-game winning streak, during which no opponent broke 0.9 points per trip. This was a hot team whose defense was absolutely stifling conference opponents. Talk had even begun of this Illinois team somehow sneaking back onto the bubble in the season’s final week.
The last week of Big Ten action is at our doorstep. Michigan is looking to wrap up the outright Big Ten title, Wisconsin is looking to extend a seven-game winning streak and make a push for a share of the crown, while Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois are looking to make pushes for the NCAA tourney.