It's gut check time for the Big Ten bubble teams as they start their conference tournament journey in hopes of securing an NCAA Tournament berth.
While Wisconsin lost in the first round to Ohio State, effectively ending their pursuit of an NCAA Tournament berth, Michigan and Penn State prepared for must-win situations on Thursday. In the case of Michigan, they can leapfrog their opponent in terms of seeding in Rutgers, who is on a massive slide as the team's injuries are mounting and miss the 'Big Dance' all together.
Later on in Chicago, Penn State will hope to keep their postseason hopes alive with a win against Illinois, who they handled twice in regular season. The Nittany Lions have had back-to-back last second wins against Northwestern and Maryland in the last week or so, and a win on Thursday can help their case come Selection Sunday.
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Best College Basketball odds for Thursday, March 9
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