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Big Ten Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

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Big Ten Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

The Big Ten tournament moves to Madison Square Garden for the first time in conference history this year. However, that is not done without some controversy.

To ensure their use of the World’s Most Famous Arena, the Big Ten had to move their tournament a week earlier than their typical schedules and the rest of the Power conferences. They will crown a champion a full week before Selection Sunday, in a move that many think may cost the conference some bids. Additionally, all teams will be a full week removed from action before their participation in any postseason, the longest break any team has had since the season started.

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This drama surrounding how the move may affect the Big Ten probably could not be at a worse year. Back in early January, it was pointed out in the Washington Post how weak of a year it was for the Big Ten. At the time only four teams from the conference was going dancing. Sub out Minnesota and put in Ohio State and not much has changed.

A year ago the conference had seven teams playing in March Madness.

Sitting on the bubble now is Penn State and Nebraska and both teams have to make a considerable run to make it to the NCAA Tournament. But if they make it to the quarterfinals and then lose, they have a long week ahead of them waiting to see what every other conference does.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT INFORMATION:

When is the Big Ten Tournament?

The Big Ten Tournament will be Wed. Feb 28 - March 4, the Big Ten championship is on March 4.

Where is the Big Ten Tournament?
The Big Ten tournament will primarily be at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York for the first time ever.

How to watch the Big Ten Tournament?

The Big Ten Tournament will be televised on the Big Ten Network and on CBS. The first round up to the quarterfinals will be on the league’s own network. CBS takes over the coverage starting with semifinal Saturday.

Who is the defending Big Ten Champion?

The Michigan Wolverines won the 2017 Big Ten championship. Their victory as the eight seed in the conference moved them from the bubble of the NCAA Tournament to the automatic berth from the Big Ten. It was the Wolverines first ever Big Ten Tournament championship.

2018 BIG TEN TOURNAMENT BRACKET:

First Round – Wednesday, Feb. 28

No. 12 Iowa 96, No. 13 Illinois 87
No. 14 Rutgers 65, No. 11 Minnesota 54

Second Round - Thursday, March 1

No. 8 Wisconsin 59, No. 9 Maryland 54
No. 5 Michigan 77, No. 12 Iowa 71 OT
No. 7 Penn State 65, No. 10 Northwestern 57
No. 14 Rutgers 76, No. 6 Indiana 69

Quarterfinals - Friday, March 2

No. 1 Michigan State 63, No. 8 Wisconsin 60
No. 5 Michigan 77, No. 4 Nebraska 58
No. 7 Penn State 69, No. 2 Ohio State 68
No. 3 Purdue 82, No. 14 Rutgers 75

Semi-finals – Saturday, March 3

No. 5 Michigan 75, No. 1 Michigan State 64                                          
No. 3 Purdue 78, No. 7 Penn State 70                                                  

Big Ten Championship - Sunday, March 4

No. 5 Michigan 75, No. 3 Purdue 66

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BIG TEN TOURNAMENT PREVIEW:

This season is shaping up to be a heavyweight battle between the top two or three teams in the conference. Michigan State and Purdue have been the Big Ten favorites all season long. There is only wrinkle in their plan and that is No. 2 Ohio State. Led by Keita Bates-Diop, the Buckeyes are the only team in the conference to garner wins against those two schools. With their decent shooting numbers and their ability to box-out on the offensive and defensive glass, they are play the game well and do not have to rely on one aspect of their game.

But while these three teams are the favorites, nothing ever seems to go to plan in the Big Ten Tournament. This year’s potential surprise team is Penn State. They play stout defensively; the Nittany Lions can limit opponents inside the paint and lead the Big Ten in steals. They just need more than Tony Carr and Shep Garner to pull up from three. They’ve also proven themselves against the top teams in the conference. Sweeping Ohio State, a three-point lost at Purdue, and an eight-point loss in East Lancing, they are right there with the top in the Big Ten. Penn State as the No. 7 seed has a chance to make it to Sunday.

Maryland’s starting five has the opportunity to knock off one top team and could outshoot Miles Bridges and Cassius Winston in a potential No. 1 vs. No. 8 match-up. Not likely, but they can make it interesting and if so they could be the Wolverines from a season ago.

Also do not count out Michigan who checks in as the No. 5 seed, three spots better than a year ago.

PICK: No. 2 Ohio State

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Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team

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Tony Dungy weighs in on the alleged toxic culture within the University of Maryland football team

Tony Dungy is about as cool, calm and collected as a person can get. And when it comes to his coaching style, it's exactly the same.

Fourteen years in the NFL spent as a defensive coordinator/coach and 13 years as a head coach earned Dungy a Super Bowl Championship with the Indianapolis Colts. He posted an overall record of 148-79 with the foundation that cursing and raising your voice wasn't necessary for success. 

The culture and coaching style of the University of Maryland football team is now under a microscope with the on-going investigation regarding the death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. The university has taken responsibility for McNair's death after an ESPN article brought to light the abuse and "toxic culture" within the team, and what ultimately led up to McNair's passing under their supervision on May 29. 

It has also brought into question how high-level football teams are coached and if it's all just a part of the football culture. On Thursday, Dungy weighed in on the matter on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, simulcasted on NBC Sports Washington.

"Well first, I hope we don't just read into well, here was the culture, here's what the coach was doing so that's why this young man died," Dungy said.

Dungy recounted a scenario during his coaching career with the Colts where a player had an underlying condition that almost caused him to lose his life during a practice.

"You can't equate well, this happened because," Dungy went on to say. 

What Dungy does want people to understand is that the tough love, scream-in-your-face type of coaching style is not the stereotype coaches must adhere to. 

"But I do think we are a victim of caricatures. That we think that's the way it has to be."

"One of the last interviews I had before I got my head [coaching] job in Tampa, I was explaining to this owner how I was going to do things. He had heard about my reputation. He said 'I know you don't use profanity. You rarely raise your voice. How are you going to motivate these guys? How are you going to discipline? How are you going to keep guys in line?' And I said the same way my father kept me in line. By saying here's the rules and here's what we're going to do. I'm going to be like that with my players. And the guy looked at me square in the eyes and said 'impossible, that will never work in the NFL.'" 

Well, it did work for Dungy as his tenure spent as a coach in the NFL earned him enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. 

Dungy noted in his interview with the Sports Junkies that the different personalities of coaches in the league highlighted in shows like HBO's Hard Knocks do not represent each and every coach. He mentions Jim Caldwell and Bill Belichick as successful coaches who are more mild-mannered like Dungy.

"And there's a thousand ways that work," Dungy said about coaching. "And you got to be true to your personality and everything. But the two coaches that I played for in the NFL – who won seven Super Bowls between them and were tremendous coaches, Hall of Famers – there was none of that. There was instruction, teaching, motivating, building you up and getting you ready to play, and so that's what I followed." 

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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

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Maryland's strength and conditioning coach Rick Court resigns after the death of Jordan McNair

On Tuesday during a press conference, the University of Maryland announced the removal of head strength and conditioning coach Rick Court.

This announcement comes in the wake of disturbing details leading up to, and including, the death of football player Jordan McNair.

It was also revealed that head football coach D.J. Durkin remains on administrative leave according to athletic director Damon Evans.  

Prior to this announcement, Court resigned and reached a settlement with the university.

During the press conference, university president Wallace Loh also stated that the university would take responsibility for McNair's death.

"The university accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day of May 29, which of course led subsequently to his death," Loh said.

"Some of the actions of our athletic training staff, not the coaching staff, the athletic training staff, they basically misdiagnosed the situation. No vital signs were taken, other safeguard actions that should have been taken were not.”

McNair's died as the result of a heat stroke that occurred during the aforementioned workout. Collapsing on the field due to exhaustion, the 19-year-old suffered a seizure and the authorities were not contacted for nearly an hour. McNair would pass two weeks later.

Not much information on the internal investigation was released by the school up until the latest report from ESPN this past Friday. In this report, ESPN detailed a “toxic culture” that ultimately led to the death of the young football player. Court was at the center of these remarks and was given a lot of the blame for what happened.

After the allegations on Friday, Maryland put Durkin on leave due to "allegations of inappropriate behavior" along with other staffers that included Court. 

Matt Canada is currently the interim head coach of the Terps in his first season with the team. Canada was named Durkin's offensive coordinator this season after being fired from the same position at LSU. 

Maryland kicks off their football season in less than three weeks, hosting Texas on September 1. 

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