On Thursday, the Big Ten Tournament moved on to its second round with four games that had significant implications on potential NCAA Tournament bids and coaching hot seats around the Big Ten. In the early session, Michigan blew out Illinois to move on to face Wisconsin and Penn State pulled off the upset against Iowa to move on to face Purdue. In the late games, Indiana held off Northwestern to move on to face Maryland and Ohio State beat Minnesota to move on to face Michigan State. With these games completed, let's take a look at the updated bracket.
Each day during the 2015 Big Ten Tournament, BTP will update the bracket following the day's action. For instance, today's bracket will be set as of the evening of Thursday, March 12, 2015. There will be a lot on the line on Friday afternoon and evening and the matchups look very intriguing.
Here is the updated 2015 Big Ten Tournament bracket.
2015 B1G Tournament Bracket:
Michigan was the first team to win on Thursday afternoon and are now set to face Wisconsin at noon on Friday. The Badgers are clearly the favorites in this year's Big Ten Tournament, but the Wolverines are playing really well right now and the first matchup in Ann Arbor did go to overtime. It's not reasonable to call for a Michigan win at this point, but it certainly looks like it could be a competitive game.
The second game on the day was between Iowa and Penn State and though most had the Hawkeyes moving on to Friday after beating the Nittany Lions, things did not go as most planned. DJ Newbill had a big game and Penn State continued their run through the Big Ten Tournament. They will face Purdue on Friday. The two teams played just once this season with the Boilermakers winning in overtime.
The next game on the slate was between Indiana and Northwestern. The Wildcats were the popular upset pick in this year's Big Ten Tournament, but those views were found to be misguided as the Hoosiers won pretty convincingly. They came out shooting hot and controlled the boards for the vast majority of the game. Now, Indiana moves on for a rematch with Maryland. The two split their regular season matchups in two of the most entertaining conference games of the year. This one should be a must watch for any Big Ten fan.
The final game of the night was between Ohio State and Minnesota. Though the game was competitive for segments, the Buckeyes eventually hung on and scored a key victory. As a result, they move on to face Michigan State. Ohio State and Michigan State have been in a great series of matchups over the last few years including several overtime battles, games in the Big Ten Tournament championship or to determine the Big Ten regular season championship, and a thrilling win for the Spartans earlier this season. It should be a great game and many believe the winner of this game will be the favorite to make the final.
BTP will have more B1G Tournament updates as the week continues so stay tuned.