Handicapping the 2010 Big Ten Tournament

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Handicapping the 2010 Big Ten Tournament

The Big Ten Tournament starts this week and it promises to be an exciting tournament with four teams ranked among the top 20 teams in the country and several bubble teams seeking to get an upset victory to propel them into the NCAA Tournament field.

The three teams needing some help to get to the NCAA Tournament are Illinois, Northwestern, and Minnesota. Will the bubble burst for the Fighting Illini, Wildcats, and Gophers, or will one of them put it together to go dancing in March?

The last No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is also up for grabs. Each of the ranked teams in the conference has a legitimate argument to make for the No. 1 seed if they win this year's Big Ten Tournament.

Could Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue, or Ohio State be shipped out to the West Regional as the No. 1 seed to seek fame and glory on the road to the Final Four?

A look at each of the first round games as well as projected matchups in the subsequent rounds of the tournament.

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