Today is day three of the 2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. And that mean’s that the semi-finals are upon us, and we are closer to knowing who will be in the NCAA Tournament. Yesterday the quarterfinals took place and we got a clearer picture of who destined for post season greatness.
The top four seeds advanced to semi-final round yesterday which is something that doesn’t happen often in this tournament. And in the process, some teams NCAA Tournament hopes were dashed. While other teams will now have to wait to see where the Selection Committee puts them.
Here is the schedule for today:
12:40PM: #1 Indiana VS #4 Wisconsin
Approx. 3PM: #2 Ohio State VS #3 Michigan State
Yesterday Indiana managed to get past the Illinois Fighting Illini. Illinois may have won the battle during the regular season, but Indiana won the war when it counted the most. Cody Zeller was a man on a mission yesterday as he scored 24 points and the Illini defense was powerless to stop him.
The Hoosiers will have a tough game today as they will take on the Wisconsin Badgers who will give Indiana all they can handle. The Badgers yesterday had a huge come from behind victory over Michigan yesterday. Bo Ryan’s team not only showcased why they are one of the better defensive teams in college basketball, but they also proved that they can shoot the ball when needed. This game will come down to who can score the most points.
Ohio State pounded Nebraska into elimination to earn their semi-final spot last night. But today will not be so easy as they will take on a very talented Michigan State squad. Tom Izzo coached his team to a narrow three-point win over a very tough Iowa team last night. The Spartans will need to be tough on defense if they are to defeat the Buckeyes today.
In order for Ohio State to win, they need to go all out and take no prisoners against MSU. As for the teams who have been eliminated thus far…..
Illinois must wait to see where or if they will land in the NCAA Tournament. Iowa and Minnesota have an even slimmer chance of getting a tournament bid. Nebraska and Purdue are officially done for the season while Northwestern and Penn State have long offseasons ahead of them.
As for the remaining teams, they are pretty much fighting for NCAA Tournament seeding. The Big Ten Tournament is not over yet so stay tuned….