The Big Ten was the unquestioned power conference of the 2012-2013 college basketball season, but the conference’s hopes for a representative in the Final Four comes down to just the Michigan Wolverines.
A full quarter of the Sweet 16 was filled by the Big Ten. But Indiana was befuddled by the Syracuse zone and Michigan State was outplayed by Duke. Ohio State’s tournament run came to an end in the Elite 8 last night as the Wichita State Shockers became the first Missouri Valley Conference team to make the Final Four since Larry Bird’s Indiana State team in 1979.
Considering Michigan’s improbable comeback against Kansas on Friday night, there isn’t any reason to go into today’s game believing the Wolverines won’t be able to earn a trip to Atlanta. That being said, Florida is hardly a March Cinderella whose run is set to end.
Like Michigan, Florida is a team whose tournament seed is lower than what it looked like they would earn earlier in the season. Now both teams have a shot at validating their season with a trip to the Final Four.
Here are the details for today’s game: