The Large Ten has been the second greatest convention in males’s school basketball for the 2022-2023 season, based on KenPom. The Purdue Boilermakers have been the highest staff within the convention all season, however a six-team race for second place into the ultimate days of the common season put large stakes on each sport of the stretch run. Now the bracket for the 2023 Large Ten match is ready, with the sphere invading the United Heart in Chicago from March 8-12.
The Boilermakers have a lot to play for getting into the convention match as they attempt to safe a No. 1 seed to the NCAA match. Purdue was shaky to shut convention play, ending the common season 4-4 within the final eight video games, nevertheless it nonetheless has top-of-the-line resumes in America. Purdue’s 13-0 begin included wins over Marquette, Gonzaga, and Duke and set the course for top-of-the-line seasons in program historical past. All the pieces begins with Zach Edey, the 7’4 middle more likely to be nationwide participant of the yr, who’s a dominant pressure as an inside scorer and rebounded. Purdue wants huge contributions from freshmen Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer if it desires to make the Last 4 for the primary time beneath head coach Matt Painter.
Indiana additionally has huge goals this yr. The Hoosiers are led by senior star Trayce Jackson-Davis, an explosive 6’9 middle who can assault the rim, hit the glass, and block photographs. Freshman guard Jalen Hood-Schifino has been the staff’s breakout star, positioning himself as a potential NBA draft first spherical decide this yr with a mix of measurement (6’6), shot-making, and playmaking. Indiana’s protection has been weak this season, getting into the match ranked No. 46 within the nation. The offense has one of many lowest three-point charges within the DI, however their three-point proportion ranks within the top-25 nationwide.
A yr in the past, Iowa gained the Large Ten match behind star ahead Keegan Murray. Now it’s his twin brother Kris Murray main the way in which for the Hawkeyes after Keegan was the No. 4 general decide within the 2022 NBA Draft. Kris Murray has had a breakout season by carrying the scoring load for Iowa, although his three-point shot struggled a bit on the finish of the season.
Illinois feels just like the boom-or-bust staff of the Large Ten. The Illini are loaded with expertise because of transfers Terrence Shannon Jr. and Matthew Mayer, however their play has been wildly inconsistent all yr. Shannon’s athleticism and shot-making offers Illinois an opportunity at a match title, however he’ll want his teammates to hit photographs round him. Illinois has been one of many worst three-point taking pictures groups within the Large Ten all yr.
Our newest bracketology projection has 10 Large Ten within the 2023 males’s NCAA match — greater than any convention in America. Right here’s the bracket, schedule, and a prediction for what’s going to occur in Chicago.
2023 Large Ten match bracket
2023 Large Ten match predictions
We picked Purdue to win the Large Ten match. From our convention match predictions put up:
Our decide: Purdue Boilermakers. It’s virtually inconceivable to lose a top-five NBA draft decide (Jaden Ivey) and top-of-the-line huge males within the convention (Trevion Williams) and get even higher, however that’s precisely what Purdue has accomplished this season. The Boilermakers have been thought of an elite staff since incomes victories over Duke, Gonzaga, and Marquette early within the season, and for essentially the most half Matt Painter’s staff has remained among the many nation’s greatest ever since. All the pieces Purdue does is constructed round star middle Zach Edey, the 7’4 behemoth poised to be school basketball’s nationwide participant of the yr. With two standout freshmen (Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith) and a few savvy vets round him, Purdue’s items simply match higher this yr even when the expertise isn’t as overwhelming. Now it’s time for Painter to show it in March and get to his first Last 4 ever. — Ricky O’Donnell
2023 Large Ten Event schedule
March 8 First Spherical
Sport 1: No. 13 Ohio State 65, No. 12 Wisconsin 57
Sport 2: No. 14 Minnesota 78, No. 11 Nebraska 75
March 9 Second Spherical
Sport 3: No. 9 Rutgers 62, No. 8 Michigan 50
Sport 4: No. 13 Ohio State 73, No. 5 Iowa 69
Sport 5: No. 10 Penn State 79, No. 7 Illinois 76
Sport 6: No. 6 Maryland 70, No. 14 Minnesota 54
March 10 Quarterfinals
Sport 7: No. 9 Rutgers vs. No. 1 Purdue, midday, BTN
Sport 8: No. 13 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Michigan State, 2:30 p.m., BTN
Sport 9: No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 2 Northwestern, 6:30 p.m., BTN
Sport 10: No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 3 Indiana, 9:00 p.m., BTN
March 11 Semifinals
Sport 11: Winner Sport 7 vs. Winner Sport 8, 1 p.m., CBS
Sport 12: Winner Sport 9 vs. Winner Sport 10, 3:30 p.m., CBS
March 12 Championship
Sport 13: Winner Sport 11 vs. Winner Sport 12, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Michigan State +600
Penn State +2500
Ohio State +6000