Iowa extends season into March with tourney win over Illinois

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In opening round action IL had there season ended by Iowa with a 96-87 final and Rutgers took down Minnesota 65-54. "I thought in the second half our decision-making and our passing and our catching and shot selection was really good, much better than the first half".

The only other two fowards on the roster are sophomore Rachel Blackburn, who missed all of 2016-17 with a knee injury, and junior Darrien Washington, who missed six of NU's last seven games past year with a knee injury. The Cornhuskers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, 15-2 ATS in their last 17 vs.

The Hawkeyes wouldn't go away though and kept hanging around until they pulled within 67-64 following a Nicholas Baer 3-pointer with 59 seconds left to set up a frantic finish. IN played great defense in that one and held the Scarlet Knights to 24% shooting.

Prediction: Maryland wins but Wisconsin keeps it close.

The second contest will feature No. 5 MI vs. Nebraska vs MI tv channel is on BTN.

This team will be playing knowing that if they win, a matchup against an Ohio State squad that they already beat twice this season will be next. That doesn't cause MI fans to celebrate in the streets, but perhaps it should: Even if their players lost, they could be proud of them, before, during, and after the game. Maryland won the last meeting, but I think experience and good play recently prevails and Wisconsin finds a way to get it down, as they've been doing.

Prediction: Penn State wins. The Rutgers football team hasn't scored a touchdown vs Penn State since September 13th, 2014. "It's forced us both to be on top of our game every day when we show up for practice". At their highest potential with Garza, Bohannon, and definitely Cook they've got a mini big three. Teams that were highly picked and nationally ranked to start the season (Northwestern and Minnesota) finished in the bottom half of the league and struggled with injuries. U-M shot just 38 percent in that game. Two wins, over Michigan and Michigan State would get the Huskers into the field of 68, but that's a tall order. MI vs Nebraska live stream is on BTN stream. MI is hot and on a separate level than Nebraska. No. 2 Ohio State.

Credit – Big Ten
Credit – Big Ten

Yes, this would provide a considerable advantage to Wisconsin since Milwaukee is caked with Badgers' fans, although it wouldn't be much different than Indianapolis for IN or Purdue fans.

"I just told them it's time", head coach Tom Izzo told reporters Wednesday in East Lansing, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press. Wisconsin Cinderella like story will end here after a very hard fought game against Michigan State. I couldn't go through this whole bracket without taking at least one upset. However, the game wasn't how you would've expected it, like most people had.

MI will get a shot at redemption on a neutral court - neutral by definition; MI should have far more fans - Friday afternoon.

Isaac Haas, Purdue, Sr., 7-2, 290, Hokes Bluff, Alabama. The Hawkeyes and Gophers tied for third in the regular-season standings.

"Best venue in the world", said the former Stony Brook University coach, who guided Rutgers to a 65-54 victory over Minnesota Wednesday night in a first-round game of the first Big Ten Tournament to be played in the "World's Most Famous Arena". MI should remember him considering he scored 19 against them in their last meeting.

With Iowa trailing by 3 with 16 seconds left, Jordan Bohannon hit a huge 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and give Iowa another chance to come out on top.

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