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Badger Bits: An early look at the Big Ten Tournament

Here's bracket No. 1:


I really like how Michigan and Penn State are playing right now and I don't like how Illinois and Purdue are playing. Yeah, the Lions lost at Iowa, but the Hawkeyes are growing and that was a quick turnaround for Penn State which had used all its energy in an emotional win over Illinois less than 48 hours earlier.

I don't like Ohio State much right now, but the Badgers have dropped every critical game this season. A win and Wisconsin is almost assuredly in the NCAA Tournament. Of course the same was said about the games at Michigan State and Minnesota when the Badgers squandered late leads.

But if you're looking for someone who does like the Badgers this weekend, check out this post from Boiled Sports.

Some other news and notes:

  • The men's hockey team wrapped up fourth place in the WCHA, which means they will host a playoff series next weekend at the Kohl Center. Minnesota State will come to Madison.
  • The women's hockey team beat No. 1 Minnesota to win the WCHA Final Face-off title Sunday. The ladies will host Dartmouth next week in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
  • The women's basketball team lost to Purdue in the semi-finals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday. Its upset over Michigan State in the quarterfinals puts the Badgers on the NCAA Tournament bubble, but it's more likely they will end up in the WNIT.