2014 NCAA Tournament: Big Ten Seeking Three Teams in Final Four

By Andrew Fisher
Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NCAA Tournament has lived up to the hype. This March has had its fair share of madness, and of course, heartbreak. We now know that Wisconsin and Florida are headed to Dallas. We’ll find out tomorrow who will come out of the East and Midwest regions.

Michigan and Michigan State both have chances to punch tickets to Texas, and if they win, the Big Ten Conference will have three teams in the Final Four. It would be a tremendous accomplishment for the conference, while giving it a 75 percent chance of securing it’s first national title since the year 2000.

The last time a conference had three teams in the same Final Four was way back in 1985 when the Big East pulled it off. Georgetown, Villanova and St. John’s all made it that March, 29 years ago.

Clearly, the near three decade gap between this occurring, speaks volumes about how hard it is to pull off.

Fans argued all season long about which was better between the Big Ten and Big 12, but with Big 12 failing to get a team in the Elite Eight, the answer seems pretty clear at this point.

Can the B1G pull it off? I think it’s got a great chance. MSU is hitting its stride at the right time and should knock off the lower seeded Huskies. Michigan and Kentucky is more of a pick ’em to me, but top-to-bottom, I believe the Wolverines are a better team.

However, when it comes to games in late March, we all know anything can happen.



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