By Cakes Fisher
Big 10 Bureau Reporter
The Chicago river is getting greener, and hoops action continues in the Windy City, quarterfinals action tips off today at Noon (EST) on ESPN. Yesterday, The first game in afternoon and evening session provided the best action. Eighth seed Illinois beating ninth seed Minnesota on a last second Jordanesque fade away by Brandon Paul in the afternoon game, and seven seed Purdue coming up two points short against ten seed Nebraska. Five seed Michigan and six seed Iowa cruised to blow out wins in their first round contests.
Friday, March 15th, 2013 -- United Center, Chicago, IL -- Quarterfinals
Game 5 (12 PM/11 AM/ 10 AM/ 9 AM) ESPN
(1) #3 Indiana vs. (8) Illinois
Illionois beat Indiana on the seventh of February by two points. Expect a close match up again as the two teams face of in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Brandon Paul’s performance was nothing less than spectacular against Minnesota where he scored almost half of the Fighting Illini’s points. If Indiana is going to win this game, then Paul will need to be contained. Indiana starts today with the newly named Sporting News’ player of the year, Victor Oladipo. He and Paul will be the central attraction in this one. In their only meeting of the season, Paul scored 20 and Oladipo was held to 9 points. Illinois guard play will dictate the outcome of this one. The trio of Paul, Abrams, and Richardson will put up the points necessary to prevail in a game that will see a number of runs. Watch for Illinois to provide the second upset of the tournament with a close come-from-behind victory.
Predicted Winner: Illinois
Game 6 (25 minutes after Game 5) ESPN
(4) #24 Wisconsin vs. (5) #6 Michigan
Nationally ranked Big Ten powers see action in the second game of the quarterfinals. Wisconsin will provide a good test for the Wolverines, but Michigan is methodically moving toward a final’s appearance against the Buckeyes.
Predicted Winner: #6 Michigan
Game 7 (6:30 PM/5:30 PM/4:30 PM/3:30 PM) BTN
(2) #10 The Ohio State vs.(10) Nebraska
Nebraska won its first ever Big Ten Tournament game yesterday against the Purdue Boilermakers. Unfortunately, they run into the conference’s hottest team, The Ohios State Buckeyes. This game will be in the books by halftime.
Predicted Winner: #10 The Ohio State
Game 8 (25 minutes after Game 7) BTN
(3) #8 Michigan State vs. (6) Iowa
Coach Tom Rizzo calls March his favorite month. His favorite month will feature a quarterfinal vicotry as the Spartans end the Hawkeyes hopes of a Sunday selection.
Predicted Winner: #8 Michigan State
Saturday, March 16th, 2013 -- United Center, Chicago, IL -- Semifinals
Game 9 (1:40 PM/12:40 PM/11:40 AM/10:40 AM) CBS
(Illinois or #3 Indiana ) vs. (#6 Michigan or #24 Wisconsin)
Game 10 (25 minutes after Game 9) CBS
(#10 The Ohio State or Nebraska) vs. (#8 Michigan State or Iowa)
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 -- United Center, Chicago, IL -- Finals
Game 11 (3:30 PM/2:30 PM/1:30 PM/12:30 PM) CBS
( #6 Michigan, Illinois, #24 Wisconsin, or #3 Indiana)
(#10 The Ohio State, #8 Michigan State, Iowa,or Nebraska )
All games are listed with (EST/CST/MST/PST) and the cable networks are the Big Ten Network (BTN), ESPN, ESPN2, while CBS National Network will .
Check you local listings for CBS games.
Rankings stated in parentheses () are tournament seedings while rankings denoted with # are national ranking reflected by the March 11th Associated Press Poll.
Players jersey numbers are denoted within parentheses, except when grouped. In such cases the jersey number is marked with a # sign.
Statistics used in formulating the notes and used in the prediction are conference only game statistics. It is this writer’s belief that early games against less superior opponents do not adequately reflect the true value of the player in this tournament.
After first round teams are listed in predicted order of placement in the next round.
Information provided in this article was obtained through the 2012-2013 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Basketball Big Ten Tournament Release and Big Ten Game Notes.