#1 Kansas vs #4 Purdue
Storyline: Purdue's big men vs. Kansas' back court
At least in the top half of the Midwest Region chalk ruled with a typical one seed vs. four seed matchup. Kansas dominated Michigan State down the stretch to reach this point, while Purdue held on against Iowa State.
#5 Minnesota Golden Gopher vs #12 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
March Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Player to Watch: Reggie Lynch (8.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG, .5 APG,)
Although you may have expected to see Nate Mason here, I think Reggie Lynch is a key piece in this game. Although his
#3 UCLA Bruins vs #14 Kent State
March Preview: UCLA Bruins
Player to Watch: Lonzo Ball (14.6 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 7.7 APG)
UCLA has had a bit of a revival this season, and freshman point guard Lonzo Ball has led the charge. A widely expected top 5 NBA Draft pick,
1. Is Gonzaga still a number one seed if they lose Saturday at St. Mary’s?
Zach- Personally, I think this Gonzaga team is the best I have seen. Better than the Adam Morrison teams, and better than the Kyle Wiltjer or Kevin Pangos teams. It annoys me to no end when
1. What team has been the biggest surprise so far?
Zach- There are a few good options here. Florida State has put together a great season so far, sitting atop the gauntlet that is the ACC. Also, I personally didn’t think Arizona would look this good at this point, winning 12
1. Thus far, who has been the best offensive team in the country?
Zach- This has been a year of great offense. Scoring is up from past years, and a lot of that probably has to do with teams adjusting to the 30 second shot clock even more. However, there are
1. What do you make of the Big Ten so far?
Ryan - If you’d have asked anyone before the season who the Goliaths of the conference would turn out to be, you’d likely have received the same answer every time. This league appeared to be built around Indiana, Purdue, Michigan
With the non-conference season coming to a close, we will be previewing each of the power six conferences based on what we have learned so far this year and guide you through what to look out for as the season continues.
Here is your guide to the Big Ten.
Pre-Conference Play All-Big
Every year, the ACC is put up against the Big Ten for bragging rights as the better basketball conference. Although the ACC had dominated prior to the Big Ten's first win in 2009 (after 10 ACC wins to start the Challenge), the Big Ten has now either tied or won
Thanksgiving week has long been the setting for a plethora of preseason tournaments, and that continues for both the Boilermakers and the Aggies. Purdue enters into the Cancun Challenge after sweating out a victory at home against Georgia State, while Utah State cruises into the Challenge after beating up on