Big 10 Tournament Predictions

B.J. CepedaContributor IMarch 6, 2008

With March Madness approaching, I am offering my Big 10 tournament predictions.

What follows is a prediction of where each team will fall into the bracket, as well as winners and losers all the way to the championship. We’ll see how well these predictions play out.


Round 1

No. 8 Iowa vs. No. 9 Michigan—Michigan has been playing well lately. I think they'll take this one in a land slide. Michigan wins it 58-45.

No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 10 Illinois—Illinois has tourney experience, and Penn State hasn't played too bad this year. Boring game—Illinois wins 68-63.

No. 6 Minnesota vs. No. 11 Northwestern—This game is over right when the game begins. Minnesota wins big, 75-55.


Round 2

No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 9 Michigan—Wisconsin is kind of a sleeper team. They're not the funnest team to watch, but they do the dirty work. Michigan will have momentum in their favor and will stay with the Badgers until Sims gets into foul trouble. Wisconsin wins 52-48.

No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Ohio State—The conference tournament may be the only chance the Buckeyes have left to get into the Big Dance.

OSU played great against the Boilermakers this last week, and the Spartans hosed down the Hoosiers in East Lansing. This will be a down to the wire game. Guess who hits the three at the buzzer. It'll be Jamar Butler! Ohio State wins 64-63.

No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 10 Illinois—Will this even be a game? I say yes, and it'll be the first big upset of the tournament. Illinois knocks off the top 20 Boilermakers, 69-62.

No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 6 Minnesota—With Indiana's troubles the last couple weeks, they're poised for a deep tourney run. Minnesota and Tubby will come to play, but Indiana will come to win 72-67.


Round 3

No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Ohio State—This is a scrapper game. Lots of fouls will be called as Ohio State is poised for a run. Wait? Do I hear something? Yes it could be? Matta to Ohio State! Ohio State knocks off the Badgers 67-61, and advances to the championship!

No. 10 Illinois vs. No. 3 Indiana—Like I said, Indiana is poised for a long tourney run. Illinois will simply run out of gas. Indiana will head to the championship, and Illinois will head back to Champaign. The final score will be 74-59.



No. 5 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Indiana—Indiana is probably the favorite. Both teams have things to prove.

Has Ohio State secured a spot in the Big Dance by getting to the championship? Will Indiana play like they did against Michigan State in Bloomington or like they did in East Lansing?

Ohio State upsets the Hoosiers and wins the conference tournament behind Kusta Koufus's double-double, 68-65.