Staff Picks for the Big Ten Tournament. How Far Can Ohio State Go?

Staff Picks for the Big Ten Tournament. How Far Can Ohio State Go?

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Staff Picks for the Big Ten Tournament. How Far Can Ohio State Go?


The Big Ten Tournament is set to tip-off. Our staff takes turns picking each game, and of course an eventual champion.


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Staff Picks for the Big Ten Tournament. How Far Can Ohio State Go?

First Round

Game No. 1: No. 12 Iowa vs. No. 13 Illinois
Picks:
Phil: Illinois
Terry: Iowa
Mark: Iowa

Game No. 2: No. 11 Minnesota vs. No. 14 Rutgers
Picks:
Phil: Rutgers
Terry: Minnesota
Mark: Minnesota

Notes:

  • Phil has upsets brewing in both games, while Mark and Terry have the higher seed moving on. Not much to see here.

Second Round

Game No. 3: No. 8 Maryland vs. No. 9 Wisconsin
Picks:
Phil: Wisconsin
Terry: Wisconsin
Mark: Wisconsin

Game No. 4: No. 5 Michigan vs. (Winner Game #1)
Picks:
Phil: Michigan
Terry: Iowa
Mark: Michigan

Game No. 5: No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 10 Northwestern
Picks:
Phil: Penn State
Terry: Northwestern
Mark: Penn State

Game No. 6: No. 6 Indiana vs. (Winner Game #2)
Picks:
Phil: Indiana
Terry: Indiana
Mark: Indiana

Notes:

  • Wisconsin looks like the darling pick to spring the mild upset over Maryland. All three staff members have them moving on (what’s with this Phil guy and upsets anyway)?
  • Terry has Michigan bowing out to his upstart Iowa team. That would no doubt leave Wolverine head coach John Beilein bitterly disappointed at his team’s performance.
  • Mark and Phil like Penn State to move on to a tenuous matchup with Ohio State. The Nittany Lions have provided two of the three league losses to the Buckeyes.
  • Indiana is a consensus pick to get by the winner of Rutgers and Minnesota.

Quarterfinals

Game No. 7 – No. 1 Michigan State vs. (Winner Game #3)
Picks:
Phil: Michigan State
Terry: Michigan State
Mark: Michigan State

Game No. 8 – No. 4 Nebraska vs. (Winner Game #4)
Picks:
Phil: Michigan
Terry: Nebraska
Mark: Michigan

Game No. 9 – No. 2 Ohio State vs. (Winner Game #5)
Picks:
Phil: Ohio State
Terry: Ohio State
Mark: Ohio State

Game No. 10 – No. 3 Purdue vs. (Winner Game #6)
Picks:
Phil: Purdue
Terry: Purdue
Mark: Purdue

Notes;

  • Amazingly the only difference between the three staff picks here is a squabble between the Wolverines. Terry already has them out of his bracket, so he picks Nebraska to move on. Both Phil and Mark like Michigan to get past this round and into the semis.
  • If this holds to form, it would be the only four ranked teams in the AP poll moving into the next round.

Semifinals

Game No. 11 – (Winner Game #7) vs. (Winner Game #8)
Picks:
Phil: Michigan State
Terry: Michigan State
Mark: Michigan State

Game No. 12 – (Winner Game #9) vs. (Winner Game #10)
Picks:
Phil: Purdue
Terry: Ohio State
Mark: Purdue

Notes:

  • Most of the staff believes this is where Ohio State runs into a dead-end. Both Phil and Mark have the Buckeyes hitting the wall against Purdue, whereas Terry has them surviving and advancing.
  • Everyone is in agreement that Michigan State makes the tittle game.

Championship Game

Game No. 13 – (Winner Game #11) vs. (Winner Game #12)
Picks:
Phil: Purdue
Terry: Ohio State
Mark: Purdue

Notes:

  • Surprisingly enough, nobody on the staff has confidence in Michigan State cutting down the nets despite them being the No. 1 seed and highest ranked team in the Big Ten.
  • Purdue is the majority pick to win the whole tournament with Mark and Phil continuing to agree on almost everything including what socks to wear each game day.
  • Terry is everyone’s best friend. He has Ohio State continuing the storybook season by hoisting the Big Ten trophy. Let’s hope he’s right.

That’s it. Enjoy the games and tell us where you disagree/agree by hitting us up on Twitter.

 

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