Fans will be able to watch the 2016 Big Ten Tournament live online and see which team is able to punch its dance card and storm their way into the NCAA Tournament brackets.
The tournament has been one of the most competitive and most watched in the country, with last year producing a classic final between Wisconsin and Michigan State that took an extra frame before the Badgers knocked off the Spartans. This year looks to be competitive again, with as many as six teams able to take the crown.
The tournament begins on Wednesday and continues on through the weekend, with the top four seeds picking up in the quarterfinals starting on Friday. The tournament concludes on Sunday, just hours before Selection Sunday and the NCAA Tournament seeding is announced, meaning any kind of an upset could cause upheaval in the brackets.
As Bleacher Report noted, the Spartans are looking for some revenge after last year’s narrow loss.
“There is an air of unfinished business around the Spartans (26-5, 13-5). After losing the Big Ten title game a year ago and then making it all the way to the Final Four before getting punished by Duke in the national semifinals, Michigan State’s senior-laden team appears to have overcome problems it had in the early part of the Big Ten season.
“The Spartans have won six games in a row and 10 out of their last 11. Denzel Valentine is a legitimate player of the year candidate and a likely first-round draft choice who is averaging a league-leading 19.3 points per game.”
The Spartans are certainly confident. In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, senior guard Denzel Valentine guaranteed that his team would win the national title, at least sort of. When the reporter asked if he would guarantee a victory, as Mateen Cleaves had done in 2000, Valentine took the bait.
“Oh, really? Uh, no. Maybe I can say that now. National championship guarantee. Right now.”
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Coach Tom Izzo isn’t as confident, saying he’s ready to sweat out every minute of the 2016 Big Ten Tournament.
“I will remain on edge until I’m done,” Izzo said.
But there is plenty of competition for Michigan State. Indiana comes in as the tournament’s top seed, and Purdue and Maryland also have strong chances.
Here is the complete bracket for the 2016 Big Ten Tournament (via SB Nation).
Illinois (12) vs. Minnesota (13) — 3:30 p.m. CT, ESPN
Nebraska (11) vs. Rutgers (14) — 6 p.m. CT, BTN
Michigan (8) vs. Northwestern (9) — 11 a.m. CT, BTN
Iowa (5) vs. Illinois (12)/Minnesota (13) — 1:30 p.m. CT, BTN
Ohio State (7) vs. Penn State (10) — 5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN2
Wisconsin (6) vs. Nebraska (11)/Rutgers (14) — 8 p.m. CT, ESPN2
Indiana (1) vs. Michigan (8)/Northwestern (9) — 11 a.m. CT, ESPN
Purdue (4) vs. Iowa (5)/Illinois (12)/Minnesota (13) — 1:30 p.m. CT, ESPN
Michigan State (2) vs. Ohio State (7)/Penn State (10) — 5:30 p.m. CT, BTN
Maryland (3) vs. Wisconsin (6)/Nebraska (11)/Rutgers (14) — 8 p.m. CT, BTN
Semifinal 1 — Noon CT, CBS
Semifinal 2 — 2:30 p.m. CT, CBS
Final — 2 p.m. CT, CBS
Fans who want to watch the 2016 Big Ten Tournament live online will have a few options. Games broadcast on ESPN will be available through the network’s streaming video site, WatchESPN (though subscription is required). The semifinal and final match on CBS will also be available through CBS All Access, which is available for subscribers or on a free trial for those without a cable provider. The Big Ten Network’s streaming video site has access to games broadcast there, as well as links to all other games (subscription also required here).
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