So Pat Forde composed a Big Ten Tournament primer with all kinds of predictions. As was posted yesterday, he picked Michigan to win the tournament and he has them as his "Dangerous Low Seed". He gives Michigan a lot of love. Even has Tim Hardaway as one of his players he can't wait to see. Check it out!
Dangerous low seed: Michigan. The Wolverines have won six of their past eight games, are highly motivated to keep winning to get off the NCAA bubble and don't have to play on the tourney's opening day for the first time since 2004. John Beilein has won one game in all three of his previous Big Ten tourneys as Michigan coach; if he keeps that streak alive the Wolverines beat Illinois in the quarterfinals and get a third shot at Ohio State. Give them at least a puncher's chance at pulling a major upset in that game. It took an Evan Turner 37-footer to beat Michigan last year in this event.
Five players I am intrigued to see in person for the first time this season: JaJuan Johnson, Purdue; Talor Battle, Penn State; Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan; John Shurna, Northwestern; Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota.
Best potential quarterfinal matchup: Michigan-Illinois is a rematch of a two-point game won by the Illini in Champaign last month. It's a huge game for the Wolverines and not a small one for Illinois, which is probably in the tournament regardless but could improve its seeding with some victories in Indy.
Winner: I'm going with Michigan to shock the world, or at least the Midwest.