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March Madness: Big Ten Conference Tournament Projection


When writing about the Big East Conference tournament earlier, I made mention of how stacked that conference is, and how any of a long list of teams has a reasonable chance of going deep into and/or winning the tournament outright. Well, it’s a similar situation in the Big Ten tournament.

A case could easily be made for any of the top four teams in the tournament — Wisconsin, Purdue, Indiana and Michigan State — to emerge as league champs. But then you look further down the list and see Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan — a few quality sleepers, in my opinion, that could put together a run.

The difference I see between the Big Ten and Big East tournaments is that the high-level teams in the Big East have a greater level of separation between themselves and the “sleeper” teams. It wouldn’t be all that stunning, for example, to see Ohio State knock off Indiana. It may not even be that big of an upset any more, given the Hoosiers’ play since Kelvin Sampson’s exit. If Illinois or Michigan did it, it would be an upset, but I personally wouldn’t be stunned if it happened.

Essentially, the key word may be parity in the 2008 Big Ten Tournament. Just about any team has a chance in just about any game. There are no sure things here. Except maybe for Northwestern. That’s a bad team right there.

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Amateur Bracketology: West Region

Please feel free to post your comments regarding my first attempt at projecting the field and pairings of this year’s NCAA tournament. Keep in mind that these projections reflect games through February 24.

First and Second Rounds:
Anaheim, California:
#1 UCLA vs. #16 Holy Cross
#8 Maryland vs. #9 Arkansas

Denver, Colorado:
#5 Wisconsin vs. #12 Rhode Island
#4 St. Mary’s vs. #13 George Mason

Washington, D.C.:
#6 Texas A&M vs. #11 Purdue
#3 Louisville vs. #14 Cal-Northridge

Little Rock, Arkansas:
#7 Notre Dame vs. #10 Baylor
#2 Tennessee vs. #15 UMBC

West Regional to be played in Phoenix, Arizona. Winner of West Regional to meet winner of East Regional in Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.

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