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Big Ten's B1G Deal

The Big Ten is a B1G deal nationally.  Toughest college basketball league in America?  Yes, without much question.  Seven-- and maybe eight-- NCAA Tournament teams, if Iowa gets its act together?  Yes, again without question.  But, what about the way the seedings shake out?  Buckle up.... it could be a fantastic last two weeks of the conference season.  Some observations so far...

1.  The Big Ten is better when Indiana is relevant.  When Indiana was in the depths of irrelevance, the Big Ten wasn't the same.  That didn't mean basketball in the state was-- Purdue was good throughout that period, and of course, Indiana's decline directly led to Butler's rise-- but the Big Ten just isn't the B1G without Indiana as a relevant team.  Yes, I'm biased-- but I think I am right as well here.

2.   Indiana versus Michigan State at the Breslin Center may determine the title-- and it may not.  Indiana, Michigan State, and Ohio State have very rough schedules the last few weeks.  The ultimate winners?  Wisconsin for starters... the Badgers' schedule down the stretch is favorable.  Ditto with Iowa.  The Hawkeyes final weeks set up favorably as well.  Can Wisconsin slip in and take the title?  As we learned before, NEVER count out a Bo Ryan team....

3.   The Saturday of the Big Ten Tournament in Chcago could look like a Final Four.   It is CBS' dry run to prepare for the national semifinals-- and the teams playing on that Saturday could very well make the OTHER Final Four as well....

4.   Is Illinois a NCAA team?  The resume says yes, the strength of schedule says yes, and a good tournament run would further cement a good seed for the Illini.  Good to see both John Gruce AND Bruce Weber (at K-State) are doing the job...

      Finally, I digress from the Big Ten to push for Indiana State.  If the Sycamores don't win "Arch Madness,:" do they get in?  Interesting thought-- they are definitely a bubble team, but they can make it sure by winning in the Valley tournament. 

                                                          That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.

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02/19/2013 8:59AM
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