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Indiana is back in the NCAA Tournament, and so I kick off my six Big Ten previews with the Hoosiers leading up to the opening first-round games on Thursday. No. 4 seed Indiana plays No. 13 seed New Mexico State at 9:45 p.m. ET on Thursday in the South Region. My BTN.com colleague Brent Yarina took a closer look at Indiana’s first opponent today. Now I’m rolling up my sleeves and breaking down Indiana. Im working my way through all six Big Ten teams, so all of my Big Ten team previews will be archived over here.
Following a share of the Big Ten regular season crown and a trip to the Big Ten tourney finals, where it lost to Michigan State, Ohio State received a No. 2 seed in the East Region. The Buckeyes will face MAAC champion Loyola (Md.) at 9:50 pm. ET Thursday night. Before the game tips off in Pittsburgh, Pa., BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Greyhounds. A little sampling: Did you know a pair of former Wake Forest coaches served as Loyola head coaches? Meet the Greyhounds in this post.
Indiana, in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008, drew a No. 4 seed in the South Region and will play No. 13 seed New Mexico State at 9:45 p.m. ET Thursday. Before the game tips off in Portland, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the WAC tournament champs. A little sampling: Did you know one of the Aggies assistants led Kentucky to the 1996 NCAA national championship? Meet New Mexico State in this post
Wisconsin, playing in its 14th straight NCAA tournament, earned the No. 4 seed in the East Region. The Badgers will play Big Sky champ Montana at 2:10 p.m. ET Thursday afternoon. Before the game tips off in Albuquerque, N.M., BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Grizzlies. A little sampling: Did you know a former Wisconsin guard who won two Big Ten titles is a Montana assistant? Meet Montana in this post.
Michigan State, fresh off a share of the Big Ten regular season crown and the Big Ten tourney title, drew the No. 1 seed in the West Region, the Big Ten’s lone top seed. The Spartans will play No. 16 Long Island at 9:20 p.m. ET Friday night. Before the game tips off in Columbus, Ohio, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina introduces you to the Northeast Conference champs. A little sampling: Did you know the Blackbirds have never won an NCAA tournament game? Meet Long Island in this post.
The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal matchup between Ohio State and Purdue on Friday was the highest-rated basketball game in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data. The game earned a program average household rating of 3.11 across the network’s eight metered markets,* and was the top cable program in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis that day.