9 Big Ten Teams Make the Tournament
The Big Ten has proven why their conference was the best when comparing the competition to the other conferences like the ACC, SEC, etc. The Big Ten has more teams in the NCAA Tournament than any other conference, featuring nine teams.
Four teams maintained the first or second seed in the Big Dance, and the remaining five teams cannot be slept on as they could bust this March at any given moment in both ways meaning they can pull off an upset or ruin your bracket.
Many college basketball fans, especially Big Ten fans, as the Tourney will be happening as last year, cut short due to the pandemic. The Ten produced conference produced the SN Player of the Year in Iowa’s Luka Garza and Coach of the Year in Juwan Howard. The conference is also represented by nine teams that haven’t produced a national championship since 2000.
Can one of these break the curse and bring a title to the Big 10 eleven years later. In recent years, the Michigan Wolverines were the closest to win the national championship, losing to the Villanova Wildcats 79-62 in 2018.
Let’s take a look at the 9 Big Ten Teams that will make the tournament this year!
QUICK BREAKDOWN OF THE TEAMS
ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
Illinois secured the Big Ten’s automatic qualifier into the tournament and a No. 1 seed in the Midwest bracket after defeating Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament championship in overtime. The team captured its first third-ever Big Ten Tournament title and its first since 2005. They will open the Tourney against #16 Drexel.
Michigan is the other team that secured the No.1 seed in the tournament in the East bracket. They may have a significant problem as Isaiah Livers, who missed Michigan’s loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament. Livers is one of the Wolverines’ best defenders. They will start against the winner of the Mount St. Mary’s-Texas Southern First Four match.
Led by Luka Garza, Iowa was able to secure the second seed in the tournament. The team placed in the West bracket. They will be taking on No. 15 Grand Canyon.
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OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
Ohio State battled back against Illinois but fell short in overtime. Despite the final loss, the Big Ten Tournament showed the form fans are accustomed to from the Buckeyes, which had dropped four straight games to finish the season. They will represent the South bracket and will face No. 15 Oral Roberts.
Purdue has been able to turn it around this season. They are a #4 seed and were placed in the South bracket. The team will match up against No. 13 North Texas.
Wisconsin dropped four of their last five games, which placed them in the ninth seed South bracket. They will clash against #8 North Carolina, a formidable opponent who is late near upsetting Florida State.
Rutgers secured the tenth seed in the East bracket and will open up against No. 7 Connecticut.
RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers will play in the Midwest bracket and will face No. 7 Clemson.
Michigan State will be the number 11 seed in the Tourney and will tip off the tournament on March 18 with a First Four contest against No. 11 UCLA.