BTN's Tom Dienhart talked to an NBA scout who has seen myriad Big Ten games this season to get his opinion on each Big Ten team in the Big Dance. Here's what the scout told me the strengths and weaknesses of each Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue heading into the tourney.
With a No. 2 seed (Purdue), a pair of No. 3 seeds (Michigan & Michigan State) and a No. 5 seed (Ohio State), the Big Ten is expected to advance all of its teams to this weekend's Round of 32. Here are the stats for why each Big Ten team should win, and could lose.
Everyone knows the star player on each Big Ten team in the Big Dance. For Ohio State, it’s Keita Bates-Diop. For Michigan, it’s Moe Wagner. For Michigan State, it’s Miles Bridges. For Purdue, it’s Carsen Edwards. Beyond those shining stars, which player for each team is most vital?
Purdue is a sterling 28-6 overall, two wins shy of setting the school single-season standard for victories. And the Boilermakers went 15-3 in the Big Ten, one of the school’s best conference marks of the Matt Painter era that began in 2005-06. [ MORE: View the 2018 NCAA Tournament bracket ] But Purdue has no hardware to show for any of it, finishing second in the regular season and second in the Big Tourney. No doubt, a run to the program’s first Final Four since 1980 would make up for the lack of any trophies in what has been a
Back in the preseason, Ohio State wasn’t on the radar of any pundits. In fact, the Buckeyes were so far off the radar, they couldn’t be located. But look at Ohio State now.
When the season began, Michigan State was the pick of everyone to win the Big Ten. And, the Spartans (29-4 overall, 16-2 Big Ten) delivered the school’s first league championship since 2012 and first outright title since 2009.
John Beilein’s teams always are known for offense. And this year’s team is no different. But what makes this year’s club a cut-above is how it defends. Couple that offensive acumen with tenacious defense and terrific coaching, and you can see why the Wolverines could be poised for a deep run in March.
The NCAA tournament bracket is out, and four Big Ten teams will be dancing starting Thursday. Before the madness starts, here are some fun tidbits for No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Ohio State.
Nebraska finished fourth in the Big Ten this season, amassing a 13-5 conference clip. Turns out, it wasn't enough to have the Huskers dancing for the first time since 2014. See some of the Twitter reaction to Nebraska missing the tournament below.
The NCAA bracket is out, as the Big Ten looks to win its first NCAA title since Michigan State cut down the nets in 2000. The conference received just four bids: No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 5 Ohio State. Here is a breakdown of the Big Ten in the bracket.