College basketball open thread

Submitted by jmblue on February 26th, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Wisconsin is hanging in there at Value City Arena - currently it's 26-24 Bucks.  This game is kind of a win-win for us.  An OSU win clinches us the #3 seed in the BTT, while a UW win puts us in a tie for 2nd place.  I'm pulling for the latter.  It's a huge longshot, but we can still share the conference title if the following things take place:

-Michigan wins out, winning at Illinois and PSU

-MSU loses at Indiana and vs. OSU

-OSU loses today or Wednesday (at Northwestern) and then wins at Sparty.  

None of those results, individually, would be all that shocking, but we somehow need for it all go our way.  But there's still a chance (cue Dumb and Dumber references).



February 26th, 2012 at 4:58 PM ^

What the OP said is right. If we win out, OSU loses at least once, and MSU loses out (two games) we will earn a share of the regular season title.

If OSU loses today I could actually see it happening. Still a long shot but doable. On Wisconsin is right.


February 26th, 2012 at 5:01 PM ^

With all the talk about the B1G being the best in basketball this year, I'd say probably agree but I think that it was better last year.

Teams that are better this year:
- Michigan, MSU, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern (marginally)

Teams that took a step back:

- Purdue, OSU, Illinois, Minnesota, PSU, Wisconsin,

and then there's Nebraska (lol).

The injury to Mbakwe no doubt affected Minny's potential. Illinois imploding (similar to football) didn't help the conference. At the end of the day, there will probably be 6 teams in the tourney, which is a bit of a disappointment considering all of the hype that happened in the non-conference season.


February 26th, 2012 at 5:15 PM ^

Quality may trump quantity. We may only get 6 teams in though if Northwestern pulls a shocker you never know but the teams that make it will be able to make runs within the Tourney. I could see a lot of them making the Sweet 16 and depending on matchups some of then could go further.


February 26th, 2012 at 6:16 PM ^

They are looking good as of late, minus the loss to Iowa -though Iowa is also looking pretty damn good.  OSU is actually the team that is NOT looking good and peaking at the right time; and the announcers for the Ohio-Wisconsin game were still saying they're playing for a 1 seed (though highly doubtful now).  Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin, Iowa even, and of course Sparty are some teams looking good (of course Ohio is still a very good team) heading into March.  We'll have to wait and see, obviously, but the Big Ten has a good chance to represent itself very well in the NCAA Tournament if these teams keep playing well.


February 26th, 2012 at 7:10 PM ^

I really need to stop going to ESPN forums. So many people on there act like immature pricks/brats and they make me want to punch a wall

I really hope Indiana takes care of business Tuesday so that it takes Sparty down a few pegs.


February 27th, 2012 at 6:15 AM ^

My guess is a troll's comments were caved and thus it looks like the replies were to you.  OMG's post refers to the fact that caved posts still appear on the mobile apps but not on the website, which makes it rather confusing in these situations.

Again, not you.


February 26th, 2012 at 8:52 PM ^

They go on a nice 2 game streak of great upsets and go into Bloomington and lose to the tire-fire known as the Illinois Fighting Illini.  I thought they could make a run for a bubble team (though it was a bit of a dream, anyway).


February 26th, 2012 at 9:13 PM ^

Something about this year, in the beginning and middle anyway, had teams struggling AWAY from home but looking like world-beaters at home.  Over the past couple weeks, though, we've seen teams go out and get some nice victories on the road (Michigan @ Purdue and NW, today Wisconisin in Columbus, OSU @ Wisconsin early February Sparty in Columbus).  Maybe it was the teams just getting used to playing on the road and it took a few weeks into Big Ten play to adapt.

But yea, Iowa.  At home they look like a Tourney-worthy team.  Away, they look like one would think Iowa should look like (over the past few years).  I honestly didn't think they'd get in the NCAA, but the streak they could have put together would have been impressive and the committee would have been forced to at least look at them.