Michigan, Purdue to meet for Big Ten title

NBA commissioner Adam Silver

NBA commissioner Adam Silver

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March Madness is a celebration of all that's great about college basketball. And Villanova swept the regular-season series. The Wildcats have won five of their past six, clinching a Pac-12 regular season title Saturday against Cal, and DeAndre Ayton has averaged 22 points and 15.2 rebounds over that stretch.

"I said to them after the game I am proud of them because they've worked, the put the work in and have done it", Tennessee coach Rick Barnes said Monday.

Villanova and Xavier exchanged barbs during Big East play, but both stood out among the rest of the conference leaders.

As the No. 6 seed, they have a quarterfinal matchup against the No. 3 seed, which means West Virginia in this case. Already a risky team in their first season under head coach Cuonzo Martin, the Tigers could get a major boost if freshman Michael Porter Jr. returns to the rotation. Therefore, the SEC bubble teams will be rooting for the Hokies in that contest.

Kentucky has been the perennial powerhouse of the SEC in recent years, winning the last three conference tournaments.

"Michigan State has won the Big Ten in the regular season and had very little losses".

MI entered the Big Ten tournament as the No. 5 seed and proceeded to get taken to overtime by a bad Iowa team in the first game in the event.

Jon Teske's two-handed slam brought down the house and pretty much finished off No. 8 Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament championship game. There are four more days until the top 68 teams will be picked for the national championship, and the anticipation is going wild and the fever is starting to begin. Led by Marvin Bagley III and Grayson Allen, the Blue Devils have what most other teams lack: experience. And that doesn't happen every year. Coupling this experience with its 16th-ranked strength of schedule in its pocket, this team is destined for a Final Four run. Although the Tigers don't have a lot of size on the interior, they've been able to make up for it with balanced scoring and scrappy perimeter play as Bryce Brown, Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper all had all-league seasons. The Boilermakers won the tournament title in 2009. After a loss in the Big Ten championship, Purdue will be coming into the tournament with losses in four of their last nine games as it clings to the hope that it can right the ship in the field of 64. The Crimson Tide will be looking for him to raise his game to another level in these more meaningful games, though, as their season may well depend on it.

An at-large bid is a bid awarded to a team that has had a quality season but did not win their conference tournament. Right now, the Irish sit firmly on the bubble and need to win at least one game and probably two.

Looking at the top 16, Rasmussen, said there will be more movement than there was past year.

There is no denying that the NCAA Tournament trumps nearly any other sporting event of the year. The more reasons I have to back up a Cinderella pick, the more they disappoint me and prove me wrong. These eight teams that are destined for top seeds better watch their backs.

Forecasts from the model are available at http://bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu/TT.html, a web site devoted to the statistical analysis of March Madness.

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