Iowa Hawkeyes forward Melsahn Basabe (1) and Michigan State Spartans center Derrick Nix (25) fight for position during the 1st half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center. Michigan State won 95-61. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-US PRESSWIRE

Big Ten Tournament: What to expect in Round 2 in Indianapolis

Updated Big Ten men’s bracket

The Big Ten Tournament will get under way in full force today and it starts with a bang with Michigan State taking on Iowa.

We all know that the Spartans did to the Hawkeyes back in January. There is a chair in Breslin Center that can tell you more if you’re in need of a refresher.

And we all know how Michigan State has done in the past decade in the Big Ten Tournament.

But today’s game may be a bit different and a 34-point win this time would be unlikely. For a few reasons.

Expect Izzo to toy with some lineups with Branden Dawson out. He may do this because he is ultimately looking at the NCAA Tournament next week. Expect to see Brandon Wood in the starting lineup and expect to see the two bigs (Adeian Payne and Derrick Nix) in the game at the same time. Also expect Brandon Kearney to get more than his usual 8-10 minutes of playing time. There will be a need for someone to replace Dawson’s production and today’s game will be an indicator of who that will be.

For the Spartans to lose this game, they will have to fall completely apart and that’s not suggesting Iowa is that bad, rather, MSU is that good.

No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 8 Iowa

  • Time: Noon
  • TV: ESPN
  • Line: Spartans by 11
  • Prediction: Michigan State 74, Iowa 60

Other games Friday

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Indiana

This may be the best game of the day with two teams playing really well at the right time of the season. It almost seems that Indiana is a totally different team when not playing in Bloomington. Though this game is in Indiana, don’t expect a one-sided game from the Hoosiers as if it were a true home game.

  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • TV: ESPN
  • Line: Hoosiers by 1
  • Prediction: Wisconsin 53, Indiana 52

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 10 Minnesota

Michigan (gulp) has been really freaking good this season and they have the easiest road to the semifinals as Minnesota has not been very good this season. With that said, the Gophers were impressive in their win over Northwestern on Thursday. Also, Ralph Sampson III is a game-time decision as he sat out Thursday with a knee injury.

  • Time: 6:30 p.m.
  • TV: BTN
  • Line: No line as of Thursday night
  • Prediction: Michigan 65. Minnesota 57

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 6 Purdue

This is an intriguing game for Purdue, a team that has not really turned too many heads this season, though the Boilermakers are a lock to make the NCAA Tournament. Purdue only lost to Ohio State by three in Columbus in the teams’ only meeting this season. Robbie Hummel is one of the all-time greats at Purdue and he will have to have a huge game for them to win.

  • Time: 8:55 p.m.
  • TV: BTN
  • Line: No line as of Thursday night
  • Prediction: Ohio State 76, Purdue 73


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