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    Previewing the Big 10 Tournament With Ben Brust

    Former Wisconsin guard and current Big 10 Network analyst Ben Brust joins Reags for this episode to preview the Big 10 Tournament. This year it’s obviously a week earlier than normal out at Madison Square Garden. What do the guys think of that and how would they set up the venues for the future? They suggest a five-year plan including one trip out east and the other four being played in Indianapolis or Chicago, what do you think of that? Both guys talk about how great Indianapolis is at hosting events like this or the Super Bowl or the Final Four.

    They then get into taking a look at odds and if any value plays stand out. From there they spend some time talking a lot about Michigan and Nebraska. That’s set up to be the most intriguing quarterfinal game if Michigan beats Iowa. Michigan was able to win the Big 10 Tournament last year despite playing an extra game on Thursday, can it duplicate it this year?

    There really are only four locks for the NCAA Tournament team and even after that there’s only two bubble teams – Nebraska and Penn State. Can Nebraska be the fifth team in the NCAA Tournament and just how many games do they need to win to feel comfortable? Can Penn State catch Ohio State for a third time this season? Brust and Reags also talk about how important Mike Watkins is to Penn State and what it means without him on the floor. Watkins is one of the better interior defenders in the conference and when you pair him with Josh Reaves, one of the five best defenders in the country, you have that inside/outside defensive game.

    Then there’s a discussion about whether this tournament will be chalk or crazy.

    Finally, predictions for the semifinals and who wins this thing!