The Big Ten Tournament is billed to start on Wednesday, March 8 and it will feature two of Michigan’s NCAA teams. For most people who focus solely on the Division I Basketball aspect of March Madness, the Big Ten Tournament is quite easy to miss. It is a postseason conference event that annually spills into the NCAA Tournament.
Wolverines (University of Michigan) and Spartans (Michigan State University) will be representing the Great Lakes State at the Big Ten. Both teams seek to make it to the Championship game at the United Center in Chicago. The Wolverines will be opening the account for the state of Michigan on March 9 when they face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Michigan State, on the other hand, will wait until Friday to face either Ohio State or Iowa. Should the Wolverines win their face-off against Rutgers, they will go on to face Purdue on Friday. Should the Spartans and Wolverines win their [possible] matches on Friday, they would meet each other in the semi-finals of the Championship.
All of these details mean that only one Michigan university basketball team can make it to the United Center for the final game of the Big Ten. Regardless of how the games go, Michigan State Spartans will maintain their spot in the NCAA.
On the flip side, the Wolverines may either need to win the Big Ten or perform very well. This way, they would directly earn a spot or get an at-large bid into the NCAA Division I Tournament.