Yes, ESPN2 is airing today’s Iowa-Michigan game. And that means Erin Andrews on the sidelines. Sounds like an awfully big game for the most popular sideline reporter of all-time.
Well, a 7-10 matchup in the Big Ten Tournament isn’t exactly Princeton upsetting UCLA in the NCAA tourney. But with Andrews on the sidelines, not to mention Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin in the booth, the game does have star appeal.
Mike Hlas and I will live blog the game today so check us out if your boss won’t let you watch the game on TV. Here’s the link: http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090312/SPORTS/903119974/1056
As for the Big Ten tourney, I don’t really like this matchup for Iowa. I know the Hawks beat Michigan in overtime a few weeks ago, but Michigan guard Manny Harris, an all-Big Ten first-team player, played his worst game and Iowa may have played its best. I won’t put money on it, but objectively I’m saying Michigan by 11.
As for the rest of the tournament today, I’m going with Northwestern over Minnesota and Penn State over Indiana.
Friday’s predictions: Michigan State over Northwestern; Michigan upsets Illinois; Penn State beats Purdue; Wisconsin over Ohio State
Saturday’s games: Michigan State over Wisconsin; Michigan over Penn State
Sunday’s championship: Michigan over Michigan State