Monday, March 05, 2007

Big Ten Tournament Predictions

First Round – Thursday March 8
11am (CST) - #8 Michigan vs. #9 Minnesota: Michigan
1:30pm - #7 Michigan State vs. #10 Northwestern: MSU
4:05pm - #6 Illinois vs. #11 Penn State: Illinois

Quarterfinals – Friday March 9
11am - #1 Ohio State vs. #8 Michigan: OSU
1:30pm - #4 Iowa vs. #5 Purdue: Iowa
5:40pm - #2 Wisconsin vs. #7 Michigan State: MSU
8:10pm - #3 Indiana vs. #6 Illinois: IU (did you honestly think I would ever pick Illinois?)

Semifinals – Saturday March 10
12:40pm - #1 Ohio State vs. #4 Iowa: Iowa
3:05pm - #3 Indiana vs. #7 Michigan State: IU

Final – Sunday March 11
2:30pm - #3 Indiana vs. #4 Iowa: IU

Yeah, I know, I'm biased. And yes, I am well aware that these predictions directly contradict my previous prediction that Wisconsin would win the Big Ten Tournament. A Butch-less Badger team away from the Kohl Center (where Wisconsin is apparently incapable of fouling anyone) will struggle to advance past an angry MSU team. Why MSU is angry, I don't know, but it might be because they had to play OSU and Wisconsin twice each this year.

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