The Big Ten Tournament tips off on Thursday afternoon in Chicago. Here is the schedule and TV listings. Over the next couple days, Big Ten Country will be commenting on what's at stake for different schools, both in terms of pride as well as NCAA hopes. I will also be posting information on the resumes of bubble schools in other conferences, so fans in places like Ann Arbor and Champaign have something to work on by way of comparison.
Starting times listed are EST.
ESPN2 will televise all these games:
Michigan (8) vs. Minnesota (9) Noon
Michigan State (7) vs. Northwestern (10) 2:30
Illinois (6) vs. Penn State (11) 5:05
ESPN will televise the early games. Check local listings for telecasts of the late matchups.
Ohio State (1) vs. Mich/Minn Noon
Iowa (4) vs. Purdue (5) 2:30
Wisconsin (2) vs. MSU/N'Western 6:40
Indiana (3) vs. Illinois/Penn State 9:10
CBS will televise the semifinals and final.
1:40--Semifinal on Ohio State's side of the draw
4:05--Semifinal on Wisconsin's side of the draw
The conference tournament is a unique part of the American sports landscape. In no other setting do you get to see everything a conference or division has to offer all put on display for a single weekend. I don't think winning it outstrips the meaning of the regular season championship, and regardless of what happens this weekend I see Ohio State as the only team that will merit the title of 2007 Conference Champions. But winning this event is still a nice prize to shoot for, even if NCAA Tournament hopes weren't hanging in the balance. Everybody enjoy!