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DUELING BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BRACKETS
Senior Sports Editors and men's basketball beat writers Zak Pyzik and Chantel Jennings
predict the outcome of this week's Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
The first-round of play begins today.
Michigan's second-round game against Ilinois takes place Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

PYZIK'S BRACKET
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JENNINGS'S BRACKET
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By CHANTEL JENNINGS and No. 2 PURDUE WINS IF ... Big
ZAK PYZIK Ten Player of the Year, senior
Daily Sports Editors JuJuan Johnson, plays a few
average games. Mind you, aver-
Half of the Michigan Daily age for him is 20 points and eight
men's basketball beat provides boards per game. And if John-
you with a preview of the Big son's partner in crime, senior
Ten Tournament. The games E'Twaun Moore plays like he
begin with a matchup between normally does - 18 points per
Northwestern and Minnesota game - the pair will be hard to
on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Below, stop. Purdue wins if these two
the Daily analyzes what the top- show up to play.
five seeds must do at Conseco Purdue runs away with it if
Field House in Indianapolis to Johnson and Moore catch fire.
win it all and garner the cov- The two comprise of the most
eted automatic berth to the Big dynamic duo in the conference
Dance. this year, and beyond that, the
No. 1 OSU WINS IF ... every- Boilermakers know how to play
thinggoes to plan. The Buckeyes team basketball, averaging 16
are ranked No. 1 in the country assists per game.
and are expected to not only No. 3 WISCONSIN WINS IF ...
win the Big Ten Tournament Badger coach Bo Ryan has any-
but make a push for the national thing to say about it. Or if Josh
championship. Freshman Jared Gasser comes up big (hey, it's
Sullinger has replaced super- happened before). The Badgers
star Evan Turner, who left the just got spanked by Ohio State in
Buckeyes last year. Columbus (their worst loss of the
Sullinger has practically season), so Ryan most likely has
beaten teams by himself. The had them envisioning a rematch
280-pounder averages 17 points with the Buckeyes in the cham-
and 10 rebounds a game. When pionship game.
they need a 3-pointer, Sullinger The Badgers won the tour-
will take it as he did in the final nament in 2008 and senior Jon
minutes against Wisconsin Leuer and junior Jordan Taylor,
(it was also a fadeaway) and both All-Big Ten firstteam selec-
when Ohio State needs some tions, are looking to get back
horse power in the post, he can there. And winning it over the
clearly do that as well. Sullinger top-seeded Buckeyes would only
recently captured the Big Ten's make it sweeter.
Freshman of the Year award No.4 MICHIGAN WINS IF ... it
and has the ability to take Ohio plays as hot as it has in its last 11
State deep into the tournament. games. But that means the Wol-
verines need to continue to get
production from its big three:
Darius Morris, Tim Hardaway
Jr. and Jordan Morgan. The
trio has combined for more
than a third of Michigan's scor-
F Asvt ing this season. Morgan has to

stay out of foul trouble - some-
thing he struggled with for the
first half of the season - so the
Wolverines will at least have one
big man on the floor.
Hardaway Jr. must produce
like he has - averaging 14 points
a game. And Morris must con-
tinue to make intelligent deci-
sions and be the effective floor
general he has been for much of
the season.
No. S ILLINOIS WINS IF ...
Evan Smotrycz takes a 3-point-
er at the buzzer. But really, the
Fighting Illini could walk away
with the game against Michigan
if its two big men, 7-foot-1 Mike
Tisdale and 6-foot-9 Mike Davis,
control the paint. The two will
be a formidable opponent for any
Big Ten big man.
The pair would be thrilled to
face off against Ohio State fresh- 4
man Jared Sullinger again - he
scored 27 points the first time
the two teams played, but just 12
points the second. This team is
on the NCAA bubble and its four
seniors are ready to fight.
THE MOST LIKELY DARK
HORSE IS ... Penn State. The Nit-
tany Lions are ledbysenior guard
Talor Battle, who has never been
to an NCAA Tournament. Join-
ing Battle are three other senior
starters: Jeff Brooks, David Jack-
son and Andrew Jones. These
four seniors make up a very con-
sistent, veteran squad that has
kept it close or beaten every team
in this conference.
The last chance for these old 4
timers to garner a bid to the
tournament is to win the Big Ten
Tournament and receive an auto
berth. If not, the Nittany Lions
will probably end their season in
the NIT.

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