Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011: Ranking the Potential Upsets

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament 2011: Ranking the Potential Upsets
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It is Big Ten Tourney time, with the conference looking at up to six teams advancing to the NCAA tournament. 

Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin are safe locks and will be looking to secure their seedings for the NCAA’s   Michigan and Illinois should be in, however, both would like to win that first round matchup to feel completely safe going into Selection Sunday. 

Then there's Michigan State, a team that's glad to see the field expanding to 68 teams this year since some of their numbers suggest that they are in, but others do not.  They are a bubble team who is more than likely in but really needs at least one win to help their cause. 

 Short of making an improbably run and winning the tournament, the rest of the teams are either hoping for NIT invites or working towards next year.

 The great thing about any tournament is the unpredictability of the games.  Matchups, momentum and pressure all feed into each of these games and upsets can and will occur. 

The first game tips off at 2:30pm on Thursday.  Here is a ranking of the first game for each team and where the upsets may be.

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