March is when schools and coaches earn their reputations. The stakes are high, the chips are down and the pressure is on. Which Big Ten teams are feeling the most urgency to deliver big results in March? Glad you asked. My March Pressure GAUGE will tell us.
Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State jumped to No. 11 in the latest AP Poll, released Monday. The Spartans, who were No. 22 before its tourney run, was the biggest mover in this week’s poll. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan paces the Big Ten at No. 7, one spot higher than last week. See the full poll in this post.
Everyone is talking hoops. And why not? But here’s some spring football for ya. First, Nebraska, where work has begun on developing the offensive line—among other things. And many are watching the quarterback spot, where Tommy Armstrong is the man to beat. It will be a big shock if he doesn’t keep the job. Would Bo Pelini dare hand over the reins to a neophyte like Johnny Stanton in his critical season? Nah.
The NCAA tourney bracket was released Sunday night, and six Big Ten teams made the field. Hear what Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Nebraska’s Tim Miles, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan think about their team’s draw. Watch the interviews in this post.
Get out your pencil: The NCAA bracket has been announced. Six Big Ten teams earned bids: Michigan and Wisconsin are No. 2 seeds; Michigan State is a No. 4; Ohio State is a No. 6; Iowa and Nebraska are No. 11 seeds, though the Hawkeyes have to participate in a play-in game.
That was a fun Big Ten tournament! It shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, not after the upsets and parity we saw throughout the Big Ten season. At the end of it all, Michigan State is the Big Ten tourney champion for the second time in three years. The Spartans knocked off Big Ten regular-season champ and No. 1 seed Michigan in the title game Sunday. Watch our top 10 plays from the tourney in this post.