The Big Ten tourney bracket is set. Tip-off is early Thursday afternoon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The top four seeds: 1. Michigan; 2. Wisconsin; 3. Michigan State; 4. Nebraska. Those four, of course, all earn first-round byes. Here’s a quick look at what each team has on the line in Indy.
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Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska are the top four seeds in the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, the conference office announced on Sunday night. The 17th annual event will be played March 13-16 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Why wouldn’t a season as wild as this one end with a crazy upset in the final game of the regular season? Nebraska upset No. 9 Wisconsin in the conference’s final game to highlight a busy day. In other action, Minnesota ran past Penn State, Ohio State nipped No. 22 Michigan State and Northwestern dropped Purdue. Catch up on all the action and video highlights in this post.
Matt Painter was brutally honest about the state of the Purdue basketball program and the coaching job he did this season in his postgame press conference Sunday afternoon. Fresh off a season-ending loss to Northwestern, which clinched the No. 12 seed in next week’s Big Ten tourney, Painter, on several occasions, said, “It’s my fault.” Watch Painter in this post.
Following Sunday’s season-finale loss to Northwestern, Purdue honored its four senior players, including Terone Johnson, at Mackey Arena. Johnson and Travis Carroll helped Purdue make the NCAA tournament in each of their first two seasons, in 2011 and 2012, the Boilermakers’ last NCAA appearances. Watch the seniors get introduced in this post.
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.