On Friday, the Big Ten Tournament moved on to the quarterfinals with four games that had significant implications on potential NCAA Tournament bids and coaching hot seats around the Big Ten. In the early session, an underdog Michigan team gave Wisconsin a run for its money, but the Badgers were able to avoid an upset and Purdue was able to end Penn State's miracle run. In the late session, Maryland was able to win an offensive thriller against Indiana and Michigan State had a very impressive performance in putting away Ohio State.
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 Friday, March 13, 2015. There will be a lot on the line on Saturday afternoon and evening and the matchups look very intriguing.
Here is the updated 2015 Big Ten Tournament bracket.
2015 B1G Tournament Bracket:
Friday afternoon started with a thrilling game between Michigan and Wisconsin. Though the Wolverines played really well, they just didn't have enough to upset the top seeded Badgers. Now, Wisconsin will move on to the semi-finals for the fourth season in a row and will look to help their case for a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The second game in the early session was between Penn State and Purdue. The Nittany Lions had already won two games in exciting fashion in Chicago and were wondering whether they could score another big win. Unfortunately for Penn State, the Boilermakers proved to be too much and had a big 2nd Half to push them to victory. This is the first time Purdue will be in the semi-finals since 2010 when they were knocked out by Minnesota. They will face a major challenge from Wisconsin.
The most exciting game on the day may have been in the #2 vs #7 game between Maryland and Indiana. The game had plenty of fireworks and thanks to some great play from the Terps' backcourt, Maryland will be moving on to the semi-finals in their first ever Big Ten Tournament.
The last game on the day looked great on paper, but ended up being a bit underwhelming after Ohio State had an incredibly slow start. By time they got on pace, they were already down double-digits and were fighting to make up ground all night. Unfortunately for them, they could not come back and Michigan State scored a big win. The Spartans return to the semi-finals for the fifth consecutive season and will look for the second Big Ten Tournament championship in a row this weekend.
BTP will have more B1G Tournament updates as the week continues so stay tuned.