Pete DiPrimio, sports columnist and college beat writer for The News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., takes his best shots on the world of Hoosier basketball.

Thursday, March 8

Fearless Big Ten Tourney Prediction

Today we're going onto a limb and tell you exactly how the Big Ten tourney will play out.

How can we do this? First, because we have analyzed all the data, all the trends, all the history.

Second, because we're idiots.

Anyway, why bad mouth ourselves when we can bad mouth Michigan, which will again lose to Ohio State and again show why it is the most under-achieving team in the Big Ten.

But that's not our main point. Bet the house that Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois will advance to Friday's quarterfinals.

Yes, a sharp reader will note that Michigan and Michigan State have already won as we write this, but let's not get distracted. Anyway, in the quarterfinals, Ohio State will beat Michigan, Purdue will beat Iowa, Wisconsin will beat Michigan State and Indiana will beat Illinois.

In the semifinals, Ohio State will roll over Purdue while Indiana will edge a Badger team weakened by Friday's war with Michigan State and still hindered by the loss of Brian Butch.

Ohio State will win it all. The Hoosiers will take consolation in getting a much better NCAA Tournament seed. And if all this doesn't happen as predicted? Well, let's just hope you didn't bet the house.


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