The third day of the 2013 Big Ten tournament has arrived that means we have two semifinal game on the schedule today.
While conference tournaments are a good spot to make a final impression on the tournament selection committee, each of the semifinalists is a lock to make the tournament. Indiana may be locked in as a one seed already but Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin are playing for seeding.
Here is a look at each matchup.
Semifinal #1: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Indiana Hoosers
Game Time: 1:40 p.m. ET
Some might want to write off the Badgers’ performance in Big Ten play as a byproduct of a relatively weak conference schedule. After all, they only had to play Indiana and Michigan once during the regular season but they won both of those games and backed up their regular season win over Michigan by also defeating them in yesterday’s quarterfinal action. They’ll look to do the same in today’s semifinal meeting with Indiana.
The motivation is much different on the Indiana sidelines. While they may have that loss to Wisconsin in the back of their mind, they are likely much more focused on securing a number one seed for the NCAA tournament and validating their Big Ten regular season title with a Big Ten tournament title.
Semifinal #2: Michigan State Spartans vs. Ohio State Buckeys
Game Time: Approx 4:05 p.m. ET
It wasn’t easy but the Michigan State Spartans find themselves in the Big Ten tournament semifinals for the fifth time in the last six years. They trailed the Iowa Hawkeyes for most of the game last night but grabbed a late lead they wouldn’t surrender. It was a different story for the Buckeyes who easily got past the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Besides playing for a spot in the final on Sunday afternoon, this game could have big NCAA tournament seeding implications. The winner likely has an inside track to a number two seed while the loser may hear their name called as a three seed on selection Sunday. The Spartans and Buckeyes split their regular season meeting with each team winning on their home court.