The Big Ten Conference has four representatives still remaining in the field of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
That’s a quarter of the teams remaining in the Sweet 16 as we prepare for the second weekend of the Big Dance. Ironically enough, all four of these remaining teams are spread out, as well. There is one in each region and all four them have the potential to make the Final Four.
In the South Region, we have Michigan, a four seed who has looked great in their first two tournament victories. The Wolverines certainly have the potential to continue their run here in 2013, but they must first get past top seeded Kansas on Friday night.
In the Midwest Region, third-seeded Michigan State faces their biggest test of the season against No. 2 Duke on Friday night. The Spartans have the intangibles to knock off the Blue Devils, but they will need to take advantage of things inside and on the glass.
In the West Region, things have been wild, but No. 2 Ohio State is the only top five seed that still remains. That put the target on the Buckeyes back, but it also boosts their potential to make the Final Four. At this point, there is no assumption in who will make the Final Four, but Ohio State has definitely positioned themselves as the favorite.
In the East Region, we have the top seed from the Big Ten and that of course is No. 1 Indiana. The Hoosiers were highest ranked team from the conference and they have taken care of business thus far despite a scare in the third round. Indiana must get Cody Zeller going and hit open shots on Thursday night against Syracuse and their infamous 2-3 zone, if they hope to continue their run to the Final Four.