Win and In?
The Minnesota Golden Gopher’s are in a tough battle with the Michigan Wolverines and depending on who you follow in the world of college basketball, the winner is in and the loser is out of the NCAA tourney.
Both teams have played like it is the “play-in” game and this will go down to the wire (first cliche’ of the post).
I do need to point out that it is possible for six teams from the Big-Ten to get an “At-Large” bid for the tourney. If Selection Sunday were tomorrow; MSU, Purdue, Illinois (over-rated), Penn State (under-rated) are all in. Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern and Michigan are bubble teams who all have legit resumes and arguments to secure a tourney bid.
Northwest won AT Purdue and Michigan State and embarrassed Florida State, Minnesota beat Louisville, and Michigan has beat both UCLA and Duke. Ohio State beat Notre Dame, Butler and Miami. Wisconsin beat Virginia Tech but does not have another impressive win outside of beating Illinois.
If it were up to me, MSU, Purdue, Illinois, Penn State and Minnesota should be in. Michigan and Ohio State need to do some work, Wisconsin has to win two games in the Big-Ten tourney.