Marcha 23, 2018

Iowa beats Illinois 96-87 at Big Ten Tournament

10 Marcha 2018, 10:18 | Gerardo Tarin

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Bryant Mc Intosh handles the ball. The senior guard will try to keep his collegiate career alive this weekend at the Big Ten Tournament despite a nagging shoulder injury

Madison Square Garden is awesome, and the Big Ten gets the added exposure of being the only major conference tournament that's happening this week. The native of Flint, Michigan is No. 1 in the Big Ten in free-throw shooting with 89.8 percent.

So here we are at the end of February after the regular season wrapped up Friday with a loss to Ohio State and IN is ... well ... The rest of the standings are as followed...

Overrated Team: Nebraska is the first team that pops out.

Te'Jon Lucas hit 5 of 9 but his miss with 43 seconds to play all but sealed the loss as IL (14-18) trailed 90-84 at the time. "That was really the difference in a game where Iowa gave up 14 threes and turned the ball over 18 times". They have great young talent. If I had to pick a team out of the bottom four to win it all though it would definitely be Iowa. They got only two points, on a pair of throws, after that.

I'm sorry, but it just doesn't feel right.

Second game: Minnesota Vs. Rutgers is going to be a blowout.

Rutgers has had its ups and downs, but it's been mostly down in-conference.

On Thursday, Wisconsin will play Maryland in the first game followed by Michigan's game. If the Scarlet Knights hadn't knocked off MI three weeks ago, they would be on the outside looking in now.

After veteran official Terry Wymer finally calmed Underwood down, the Illini went on a run to trim a 12-point lead to five on a Michael Finke 3-pointer.

Her work has helped Iowa build a 23-6 record heading into this week's Big Ten tourney, including an 11-5 conference mark and a share of third place.

I guess when it comes to postseason awards, the Big Ten is concerned only with scoring averages, because I can see no other reason why Moe Wagner of MI basketball didn't make the team. They battled like insane against Duke at the beginning of the season.

Pulliam will surely be feeling the energy after receiving Freshman of the Week honors, but so too will junior Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, who will also be expected to make an impact considering she is often the leader of the Wildcats offensively. They play good teams very close and could cause headaches for some of the bigger teams if they make a run. Other players besides the star stepped up and they're poised. The Spartans pulled off 12 straight wins to end their regular season. Indiana's double-double machine Juwan Morgan will terrorize this team down low as he did in their last meeting putting up 19 & 9. Penn State's loss on Sunday dropped them to 9-9 in conference as well, but the Hoosiers owned the tiebreaker over the Nittany Lions due to their win in the January game between the two teams.

Ohio State, as a team, just looks better when Bates-Diop plays well. If Keenan Evans is healthy, he can take over a game. With that being said, Ethan Happ did not have his best day on a basketball court. At worst, Sparty will be a No. 2 even with an opening loss in the quarterfinals.

"Texas Tech is a sleeper team you want at least into the second weekend".

Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers puts up a shot over D.J. Wilson #5 of the Michigan Wolverines during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament Championship game at Verizon Center on March 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Izzo thinks it could for his Spartans, who were the regular-season champions and are No. 1 in the USA Today Top 25 and No. 2 in the AP poll.

The Wolverines will face the victor of IL and Iowa on Thursday in New York City. As well as being named, unanimously, to the All-Defensive Team. That game was always controlled by MI outside a few minute stretch where Wisconsin mounted a mini comeback.

That's especially true if the Buckeyes end up taking on Penn State.

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