The 2014 Big Ten Tournament printable bracket and schedule is set to go. The college basketball regular season officially ended yesterday and it is now time for the conference tournaments, or the “dance before the big dance” as some experts like to put it. No matter how it's phrased, fans are catching basketball fever for not just the conference tournaments, but the upcoming March Madness tournament as well.
According to a Big Ten report on March 9, the Big Ten Tournament will take place from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Michigan Wolverines are the No. 1 seed in this year’s Big Ten Tournament and are also the favorites to take home the trophy next Sunday afternoon.
Michigan, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan State and Nebraska will all have a bye in the first round of action.
Michigan State and Wisconsin are both coming into tournament action after suffering a loss on the road but that will most likely have no bearing on how well they play this week.
The schedule officially will get underway on Thursday, March 13 when the first game tips-off at Noon EST between the Indiana Hoosiers and Illinois. Indiana will be playing in front of a home crowd and Hoosier fans hope they can inspire their team to a Big Ten Tournament title.Every game of the tourney will be televised, but Big Ten fans will have to do a lot of channel surfing to keep up with the action.
Day one and two games will be shown on ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network, but the semi-finals and championship game will air on CBS.
Below is a look at the day one schedule, and odds to win the Big Ten title. You can click here for your own Big Ten printable bracket.
2014 Big Ten Tournament Schedule Round 1 March 13:
- Indiana vs. Illinois (Big Ten Network) — Noon EST
- Ohio State vs. Purdue (Big Ten Network) — 2:30 p.m. EST
- Minnesota vs. Penn State (ESPN 2) — 6:30 p.m. ET
- Iowa Northwestern (ESPN 2) — 9:45 p.m. EST (or 25 mins after Game 3)
Odds to win Big Ten Championship:
1. Michigan +175
2. Wisconsin +200
3. MSU +225
4. Nebraska +300
5. OSU +300
6. Iowa +350
7. Minnesota +400
8. Indiana +450
10. PSU +450
11. Northwestern +500
12. Purdue +500