Hoosiers prep for Big Ten Tournament at Madison Square Garden

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Of that, there ended being plenty, including another bottom four finish in the Big Ten. "I just feel like playing there in the Mecca of basketball is always fun as far as the atmosphere and everything surrounding the excitement of playing in NY".

Ohio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann says his team's strong performance this year hasn't been enough to silence the critics.

In a wide-open game in which neither team held a significant lead until the very end, it all boiled down to the final three minutes. I can see why our commissioner and our league work so hard to be able to get in there.

Only three current players on the IU roster have collegiate experience playing at Madison Square Garden. That's a hallmark of his program, not something he wants from this team in particular. Doyle scored in double figures in 11 of Iowa's 16 conference contests this season and dished out six or more assists 12 times.

Michigan, the last nationally-ranked team in the conference and the No. 5 seed, is coming off a recent win over Ohio State in a string of five victories to close the regular season. Twice play had to be stopped because a player was bleeding, the second time late in the game when Illinois' Te'Jon Lucas cut his hand and left Garza with streaks of red on his white jersey. When you watch the Buckeyes play it's obvious how the players care for one another, regardless if the other guy is a starter or a reserve. I do believe MI is deeper with their bench and can go to a variety of options if nothing is working, but I think Ohio State needs this one for a young team going into March. They have only two wins that stand out: one at home against MI and the other was against Northwestern.

It's been a process to get this team to this place. His 352 rebounds this season to date is also a new school record.

Assistant coach Dean Oliver is not surprised by how Davison has grown into a leader this season.

"We've got to think about why we all came here", he told his teammates.

"We might have to retire that one", said Pitino after the win.

Even in last weekend's regular-season finale when MI hammered Maryland, 85-61, and seemingly could do no wrong, Beilein found faults that his team didn't have the same defensive intensity at times and played like they were up 30 in the second half.

As of Wednesday, Nebraska was still on the outside of the NCAA Tournament field looking in according to most every national bracketologist.

Despite being the 5 seed, Michigan is behind only Michigan State and Purdue to win this thing in the eyes of the Vegas oddsmakers. Once the season ends, he will be shut down. Psychologically, for a team that has succumbed to spurts throughout the season, those moments showed growth. First, Tony Carr must play better than he did in the previous two matchups against Northwestern. "This team's been unique all year".

Rutgers: Coach Steve Pikiell is no stranger to conference tournament success at the Garden. But there's always been constant improvement. "There's never been a time where our team has taken a step back, you know, throughout the course of taking some punches along the way". "The opportunity is there, it's time for us to take it". And outside of the Spartans, many expect one the top-four seeds to be a lock for the Big Ten's automatic bid. We're probably not going to make the NIT if we don't.' So it's basically all or nothing right now. That's usually the most efficient way (to play).

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