Chart: Teams with something to prove in Big Ten tournament

  • Updated: March 12, 2014 - 11:58 PM

Five to watch

These five teams — excluding the Gophers — all have something to prove at the Big Ten tournament:

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers are one of the hottest teams in college basketball right now, let alone the Big Ten. After starting the league schedule 1-5, Nebraska has gone 10-2 the rest of the way to land fourth in the Big Ten, an unimaginable finish after the Huskers were picked 12th in the preseason. Can they keep up their strong level of play?

Michigan: When folks saw Wolverines big man Mitch McGary had injured his back right before the start of Big Ten play, many figured they could put a fork in Michigan, which was already struggling. Not so. The Wolverines grew up fast behind league Player of the Year Nik Stauskas and snatched the regular-season title for the first time since 1986. But they have bigger goals.

Illinois: The Illini head into Indianapolis playing their best basketball of the year. Once they were in the basement. Now, they are a borderline bubble team after winning four of their past five (the solitary loss coming to Michigan). Illinois would need a strong run in the conference tournament to actually make it to the dance after such a rough start. But hey, it’s the Big Ten. As we’ve seen all year, anything is possible.

Wisconsin: It’s been a strange year for the Badgers. First, a 16-0 start. Then, five losses in six games. Then, an 8-1 finish. Where is Wisconsin now? It ended the season with a loss at Nebraska, which might have cost the Badgers a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Can they quickly revert to form or is this the start of another poorly timed downturn?

Iowa: At one point not so long ago, folks were talking about the Hawkeyes as a favorite to advance deep into the Big Dance. Suddenly, things have fallen apart. Iowa has now lost five of its past six heading into the weekend, never a good place to be when faced with playing rapid-fire games against some of the best teams in the nation. The Hawkeyes’ seeding is falling fast, and if they don’t show more substance than they have in the past couple of weeks, they could be handed a double-digit seed. Who would have thought?

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Pittsburgh - WP: C. Morton 4
Toronto - LP: D. Hutchison 2 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: U. Jimenez 8
Washington - WP: T. Roark 3 FINAL
Atlanta - LP: A. Harang 0
Miami - LP: N. Eovaldi 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: B. Colon 9
NY Yankees 1 Bottom 8th Inning
Tampa Bay 6
Cincinnati 0 Top 9th Inning
Chicago Cubs 7
Chicago WSox 4 Bottom 5th Inning
Kansas City 4
Cleveland 4 Bottom 7th Inning
Houston 1
Detroit 3 Bottom 9th Inning
Minnesota 2
Milwaukee 1 Bottom 8th Inning
St. Louis 2
Los Angeles 2 Bottom 6th Inning
Colorado 5
San Francisco 1 Bottom 4th Inning
Arizona 0
Seattle 0 Top 2nd Inning
LA Angels 2
Texas 0 Top 2nd Inning
Oakland 0
Philadelphia 0 Top 2nd Inning
San Diego 2
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Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
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Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
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Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 9/18/14 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
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New Mexico St
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Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
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2014 season     
Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois 6 pmX42-20
Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pmX35-24
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pmX30-7
Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St. 3 p.m.
Sep 27 - at Michigan TBA
Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern TBA
Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State TBA
Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
Nov 29 - at Wisconsin TBA

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