This year’s Big Ten Tournament will resemble past one’s, a physical, knock down, drag it out fight, the uglier, the better. Teams and coaches could care less about style points. Play defense and hope to make some shots is more expected in the Big Ten.
With that said, a couple teams could get hot and upset the apple cart (Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers, Maryland Terrapins).
There are six teams with invites to the Big Dance (Michigan State, Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Maryland, Iowa Hawkeyes). The Minnesota Golden Gophers are on the bubble and would need at least two victories to get in. Every other team will need to win the title to get in.
There will be some talent on display throughout the tournament. Players like Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, Purdue guard Carsen Edwards, Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, Indiana Hoosier guard Romeo Langford and Maryland center Bruno Fernando stand out.
Here’s a look at the Big Ten tournament.
Favorite: Michigan State Spartans– Having head coach Tom Izzo would be enough by himself but getting big man Nick Ward back from a hand injury is even bigger.
In the hunt: Michigan Wolverines, Purdue Boilermakers– Both teams have the ingredients to take home the conference title.
Dark horse: Minnesota Golden Gophers– Their frontline is a load to handle, especially Jordan Murphy but guard play will ultimately determine their fate.
Player to watch: Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ– He’s the most versatile big man in the league because of his ability to hurt you from inside and out.
Final Prediction: Michigan State over Michigan in close game.