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Wisconsin basketball: B1G Tournament preview

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A brief overview of the greatest time of the year...tournament time!

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 15 Big Ten Tournament Ð Michigan State v Wisconsin Photo by Paul Bergstrom/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Look, watching Gonzaga beat up on some WCC nobodies and the dregs of the ACC like Wake Forest and UNC play is fun and all, but it’s time for some big boy, low-scoring, charge-taking, corn-fed basketball. It’s time for the Big Ten Tournament.

You may have forgotten this, but your Wisconsin Badgers are the No. 1 overall seed in the tourney and, as such, they don’t even have to play until Friday. Look at the bracket! We aren’t lying!

We do not know who the Badgers will be playing yet, but we do know that it will be the winner of the Michigan Wolverines and Rutgers Scarlet Knights game on Thursday morning. The Badgers will most likely be favored by a couple of points in either of those matchups, which would be a bummer because then how are they going to play the “nobody believed in us” card.

Let’s talk about what could happen in Indy this week, what we think will happen and will Nebraska’s football team put on a better performance on the basketball court than the football field?

  • You know what we’ve always said at B5Q? When you are the worst team in the conference you absolutely NEED to bring in a backup quarterback and an offensive lineman from the 5-7 football team for your conference tournament first round game to replace two of your best players who aren’t going to play at all in the whole tournament. We are ecstatic that Nebraska followed this rule to the letter.
  • I wonder what Pitino would tell Michigan State’s Xavier Tillman, the B1G’s defensive player of the year and a married father who actually plays on a good basketball team, to do?
  • Things are off to a good start for the ostensible host team.

I will never not laugh at this picture of Brian Butch interviewing Archie Miller.

  • It sure is crazy that the usual most talented team in the conference plays deep into the conference tournament every year.
  • Here is all of the broadcaster info for the first three rounds of the B1G Tournament that you could possibly need: BTN is the exclusive home of the first 10 games of the Big Ten Tournament. The broadcast pairings feature talented play-by-play voices and analysts, including a Friday evening trio of Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Andy Katz (sideline). Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), Stephen Bardo (analyst) and Mike Hall (sideline) will handle duties for opening night in the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with the first game tipping off at 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday followed by game two at approximately 7:30 p.m. CT. Coverage resumes at 11:00 a.m. CT on Thursday, when Anderson, Shon Morris (analyst) and Katz call the first session. For session two, beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT, Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) closes out the night alongside Bardo and Rick Pizzo (sideline). On Friday at 11:00 a.m. CT, Kugler will be joined by Morris and Pizzo for the first session (Editor’s note: Wisconsin will be the first game of the day and get this crew), before Anderson, Raftery and Katz (sideline) lead the tournament into the weekend.
  • All of the official press releases from the Big Ten Network put times in ET. Now I am from that time zone and it’s the only good one, but if you are the Midwest’s premier conference’s TV network...shouldn’t you put stuff in their time? Don’t worry, I took care of it and changed them all around because I love and care for you personally.
  • Here are some predictions for who is going to win!

Opening round: Minnesota and Indiana
Second round: Michigan, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana
Quarterfinals: Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State, Maryland
Semifinals: Iowa, Michigan State
Finals: Michigan State

  • Here are the KenPom probabilities.