2013 Big Ten Tournament Bracket: Seedings, Schedule, Predictions

Mar 5, 2013, Bloomington, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guards Maurice Creek and Yogi Ferrell hold up the Big Ten championship trophy after the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Assembly Hall. Ohio State defeated Indiana 67-58. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

This week, the Big Ten heads to the “Madhouse on Madison” in Chicago for the Big Ten conference tournament.

The Big Ten tournament has usually been a tournament where the top four seed move on to the semifinals and the #1 or #2 team wins the automatic bid. This year could prove to be different, but #1 Indiana and #2 Ohio State have the best chances to win the Big Ten’s automatic bid.

However, the fifth-seeded Michigan Wolverines have struggled of late, but could push to make things interesting. First, they’ll have to get revenge over the #12 Penn State Nittany Lions.

Many have said the Big Ten is the toughest conference in college basketball this season. This year’s Big Ten conference tournament will prove those people right.

First Round – Thursday, March 14

Game 1: No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Minnesota, 11 a.m. CST (BTN)
Game 2: 
No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 12 Penn State, 1:30 p.m. CST (BTN)
Game 3: 
No. 7 Purdue vs. No. 10 Nebraska, 5:30 p.m. CST (ESPN2)
Game 4: 
No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Northwestern , 8 p.m. CST (ESPN2)

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 15

Game 5: No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Illinois, 11 a.m. CST (ESPN)
Game 6: 
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Michigan, 1:30 p.m. CST (ESPN)
Game 7: 
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Nebraska, 5:30 p.m. CST (BTN)
Game 8: 
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 6 Iowa, 8 p.m. CST (BTN)

Semifinals – Saturday, March 16

Game 9: No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 4 Wisconsin, 12:40 p.m. CST (CBS Sports)
Game 10: 
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan State, 3:10 p.m. CST (CBS Sports)

Championship – Sunday, March 17

Game 11: No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Ohio State, 2:30 p.m. CST (CBS Sports)

Predictions

Notes: Expect one of the lower seeded teams to make one last ditch effort at getting an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. One team that has not had a good season this year, but jumps out as a “underdog” is the Penn State Nittany Lions. Yes, there upset win over Michigan was lucky and that is who they have in the first round. If they could upset the Wolverines yet again, they would play a Wisconsin team that only beat them by three points. Penn State could at least make a run to the semifinals if they play good basketball.

Projected winning teams are in bold.

First Round – Thursday, March 14

No. 8 Illinois vs. No. 9 Minnesota
No. 5 Michigan vs. No. 12 Penn State
No. 7 Purdue vs. No. 10 Nebraska
No. 6 Iowa vs. No. 11 Northwestern

Quarterfinals – Friday, March 15

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 8 Illinois
No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Penn State
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Purdue
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 6 Iowa

Semifinals – Saturday, March 16

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 12 Penn State
No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 3 Michigan State

Championship – Sunday, March 17

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 2 Ohio State

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Topics: Basketball, Big Ten, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Northwestern Wildcats, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Purdue Boilermakers, Wisconsin Badgers

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  • justiin

    Lol w/e huge illini fan wisconsin is going to win this thing

    • Ricky Widmer

      lol Wisconsin has a chance and I am an Illini fan, but I don’t have them winning the conference tournament.

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