March 1st, 2014 at 6:04 PM ^

Pretty damn sweet week so far - UM snags a gritty win against Purdue, while ohio and stae goes down against Penn State and Illinois.  Now please continue this sweetness against Minny.


March 1st, 2014 at 6:07 PM ^

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March 1st, 2014 at 6:07 PM ^

Let's see what excuses are offered now. Not really healthy yet? Need time to gel? Home court on a Saturday isn't a good setting? Officials? Fed investigation distracted Izzo and 2 players?

Unicycle Firefly

March 1st, 2014 at 6:18 PM ^

You should have watched the post game show on ESPN2. They immediately explained that they need time to gel after being separated by injuries for so long. Now they can shrug off the B1G title pressure and start focusing on a tourney run. Duh.

SF Wolverine

March 1st, 2014 at 6:36 PM ^

looked like they just assumed that Illinois would cave there in the second half.  Seemed surprised when it didn't happen. 

Time to close the deal, boys!

steve sharik

March 1st, 2014 at 6:58 PM ^

teams really do, more so than the conference tourney.  B1G was one of the last conferences to not have a post-season tourney.  (Ivy still does this; kudos but they don't need that money.)

ACC has been playing theirs since the '50s and has used it to determine their champion since the early '60s.  B1G first had the conference tourney in '98.


March 1st, 2014 at 10:29 PM ^

I care about the regular season title much more than the conference tournament title - and I think that goes for most every college basketball fan. Much more meaningful to win the regular season than a tournament title where few teams have anything significant to play for


March 2nd, 2014 at 10:17 AM ^

This is impossibly dumb. Yes? 

This means EVERYTHING. 

Especially in a conference like the Big Ten, where you need to bring it every night. 

It takes so much work and effort to make it through the whole season and be the last team standing at the top - to me it is clearly the most important accomplishment besides winning the whole tournament. 

It is the representation of multiple sustained months of excellence. 

This is an enormous accomplishment. 

Your post is pure crazy. 


March 3rd, 2014 at 12:44 AM ^

Meh, think what you want, but a lot of brain trust around the country feels like winning the regular season conference is not a need.  The goal is cushioning your seeding in the actual only tournament that matters and then winning that tournament.


The coach at Pitino's in-state rival was willing to take things a step further. "I've never been big on conference championships," Kentucky coach John Calipari said after the Wildcats' 84-70 win at Ole Miss. "Every game we play is to prepare us for March." It's a sentiment — and to be fair, Pitino has always harped on the importance of conference tournaments while Calipari has not — echoed by more coaches than just those inside the Bluegrass State.

PS: Don't let the avatar fool you or blind fold you with hatred in assuming my question was full of malice. I said I was happy for you. The question pertaining to regular season was serious.