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Zac and Andre talk about the Big Ten tournament and Ohio State's challenge.
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What -- back for another there's enough of agency a minor not Zach Jackson here we're gonna break down the Big Ten tournament that returns to Chicago after being an Indiana. For a couple years out like it when -- at the Conseco Fieldhouse all the streets around there named after the -- and they don't do Chicago -- will be there -- some make sure you follow him on Twitter and make sure you also follow his articles here on fox sports. Ohio dot com let's get right into it we went down to the last day of the bits and on Sunday exact were basically got a chance for three or four teams to be tied for the top crowned the Ohio State Buckeyes end -- in the fourth team after beating Illinois. And watching Indiana Michigan seem like Michigan didn't want to win the game that's all another situation your top four teams going on and the Indiana Hoosiers who had a great season and and Tom crane then -- gold around you look at it but number 20 team right now and somehow this doesn't make -- says to me is how does Wisconsin program -- -- Wisconsin by the -- it is the -- -- -- marriage -- that's ground. Did Michigan State and then Ohio State -- your top four teams go. Into the -- while Ohio State has a lot of momentum and that credit for that goes Thad Matta and I look at the Big Ten tournament like this under. It's the second season that really doesn't mean anything because the real second season starts the following week. -- you have momentum you wanna keep it because we know about how fresh their QB in March but I think Ohio State got a real breakthrough when you look at this bracket. Yet Illinois Minnesota playing for the -- take an Indian. You have the Michigan team that's really asked to play Penn State now want Thursday because they blew it and they -- stable. Just to get to Wisconsin a team that's not peaking but just the type of team that would. Rather of course your eyeballs out and play them in Marshall lasted about a week you know for -- Nebraska and then possibly Michigan State on Saturday so here's the tricky thing about Big Ten. We'll have State's gonna win -- three wins and 45 hours and that's a lot of energy. If so did you come here you -- to keep the momentum but you played your guys try to get some confidence going towards the tournament. You have the veterans -- aircraft additional times have been there before but really as far as story lines going forward. With the exception of Michigan in maybe feel a little mentally fragile I'm not sure what all did what teams are gonna -- -- Chicago was. That's a good point but what's the point guard play because I think in this tournament University of Chicago one of these teams women's final -- I told you -- for -- thought it was the Michigan State type of year he's battling has been up and down he's been injured Tom Izzo got the type of team that could be a problem in this time of the year. Because obviously they play that Michigan State -- considerably rougher rumbled. They got a great pain who is a legit six weeks and athlete that can play down low. I don't know what happened in the Big Ten tournament and the kind of fell off late in the season but that's that's that he's the type -- team -- -- -- what time is up and get these guys going in the right direction. Their team to watch and they're athletic and they shoot the -- we talk published you know good for them and the three point shooting. Michigan State shot -- was better than they did this season a lot of people relies. I -- -- -- to Dayton Ohio kid you wait you listed at six and I think he's growing every day his confidence is growing. In the discussion for another day I was not flattering that debt well he's played after the. -- you know what Roger I think that's another over lying seemed to this march in general is this is not a stacked NBA draft there are opportunities for guys to win so we're gonna talk about just team momentum. But player momentum going forward. And I still like the Buckeyes they don't have the best players right but that matters and a great job Thomas is a great job we -- mentioned you don't wanna play Bo Ryan Indiana has the best team they had. Had a couple hiccups. The throw -- to me is the national player of the year. Could be sellers in the discussion for the number one pick certainly a top three pick probably with his athletic -- they surround them with shooters. You have Illinois Minnesota that are probably in the tournament you have Iowa comes in is to succeed. May be playing to get to the term itself. You know again it doesn't mean it's -- But there is Tony it's taken -- to be played at -- but yes. You're right -- -- asked this question at their house to book 'cause we know most of the players we know who they are obviously they withdraw lol Obama up three weeks ago where they couldn't score and they still make go to problems like that this tournament. But they seem to find a little slump -- over this last month whether it be the scoring able Quinton Ross coming off the bench given them some went. But I think this we talk about point guard play and obviously Aaron craft. He may not shoot the best that it may not look good when he doesn't but he's a leader he's been out there he's been in clutch situations he's played a U turn that someone age you -- matured so under those guys but I. Got to tell you I think the big difference that came with the Ohio State. Is when Miller will play both their point guards together. Because not only to -- crap shut down your point guard when you put the other one out there. You have two guys that can walk down your ball handlers and it's just taken every team they've played recently stick in the mall there Altman is. That may be the best lineup or I'll state it may not be there starting lineup. But their winning lineup has two point guards on the court -- this -- has been great it's nowhere under its Kraft. The first eleven years of his college career have been an absolute joy to watch he's looking to score he's looking to set guys up. Look the first two years he had the luxury of not only the big -- -- -- the game inside but more shooters around. He could drive and -- can do it now he has to assert himself more. But I agree that that played small and fast opening things up Ohio State needs offense off of their defense that -- and Scott said about Santana and -- to win. -- -- -- -- -- He is not a perfect player folks he's not guaranteed first round pick. He led the Big Ten the nation's best conference in scoring. And finds a way to get to eighteen and he finds a way to get second shots he's even learn to play a little dizzy and pass the ball. And I'm really excited for this Buckeyes team. Because they're hot right now they've got to -- it's not only to make more noise in this tournament. But to play in Dayton that first weekend that's a big deal you talk about. Three games in a short period here. -- regional following Freddie gets time off yet 75 minute bus ride over there that's a big deal this -- about geography as the regional and Indy. India wants to be the number one seed there's a first weekend in Detroit Michigan and Michigan State went to be there and now Michigan if they don't play well this weekend. They're kind of on that Detroit bubble our State's season opening to get to date it's on them to go Clint you listen. So I'm Thomas what was Lester will do with the Ohio State he had an opportunity not on the month of march in 2013 to go from maybe the fifteenth pick in the draft with the fortieth pick in the draft. To a top ten pick in the draft you just mentioned top scorer in the best conference in basketball doesn't always look pretty. But I gotta give him credit for team that really doesn't have a second. Option to be -- scored 1819 points a night in a grinding and slowed accomplished and everybody knows your place there's a great comment made yesterday about Big Ten basketball. They scout you so well that no -- plays is -- really. You make whatever way it plays Amanda all of our own place to John Thomas has a chance not only in this tournament in the Big Ten tournament. But when he gets to go play other teams triple I'll stick in advance his scoring ability as you said this is a weird NBA draft -- coming along he has a chance to make himself the -- score going into the draft if you can do it in March it was. This marks a DeShawn got on the NBA radar it's what he did in helping them to the final four making teams pay for doubling down injured soldier. It paid attention to -- it's a totally different dynamic now. But it's his time and again I'm not sure it matters who wins this Big Ten tournament but I know that Thad Matta feels really good about those two guys his juniors course -- and the big tournament that lies ahead. Let's look at the Michigan Wolverines have been up and down the -- airborne uniforms you can turn the lights out you can see them go up and down the court. Elect John Beilein is sometimes you know it's fun to watch him because he will play zone he does play a little bit different than the other Michigan rather than any other Big Ten teams here's a guy Tim Hardaway. Our junior who we all know we watch his dad this little bit taller and little bit a little bit range here and he's got an athletic NBA -- body but it's gonna come down to burden. They're good -- with a point guard who runs everything. I think he shoots too much sometimes but I think that's at -- was during these type -- kid that can -- two or three games where you. It will be interesting how those two play and get to others the ball because they have talent around them. But they become a little guard oriented it's not. Some fairly convinced that Michigan cannot win a national championship because they like their strong inside presence. However I'm fairly convinced that they can flow with it because of Traber -- no Columbus kid is really coming into his own. -- -- he's had tough games he is forced some shots but he has all the talent in the world he would give his right there -- -- -- -- -- -- quarter of Georgetown. In the discussion for national player of the year. Michigan can score enough points to be just. About anybody I worry about the mental state right now. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Can pick a replacement turn it would have got to play an extra day and maybe that's what happens in Michigan let's talk about Indiana they had done a weird last week of the regular season. You know everybody would put the cut the -- out of you lose Ohio State the good number one what three times this season. And I think it's literally -- -- Indiana Hoosiers teams -- people. You look at their -- their athletic ability of the players that bring what they bring the best six man I think from the victim. Off the bench they can score in bunches they can stop you. But something hasn't connected I don't know what if it's chemistry that put something hasn't made this team be the team we all thought they give you every time they've been ranked number one this year. But they have a kid that's athletic enough down low you've already talked about him. So people as a guy that's gonna make this run he may be the star mark and he may have resulted plastered all over -- magazine -- -- the ball that's. Can defend the best player he can score like the best player he can pass in did you see how he rebounded and his rebounds -- -- in the Michigan game. While they got their legs underneath him and able to stay in that whole thing here's what I think about Indian military. This they -- the prime example of what you talked about the Big Ten they beat each other up and it happens and every conference. You don't get those free flowing game sometimes because teams know he's so well or when you get to the big tournament that changes. And I think Indiana is the most comfortable team in the country at playing and I pace and distributing it. And I think when the big tournament starts they're gonna score 78 point 084 point and -- to match of it again I don't know what's gonna go down in Chicago if they even need it. I do know that the number one overall seed is dangling there but I don't do what -- gets seen hoosiers or pick against them said with a big tournament. Starts to really comes out of the coaches we wrap this up in the Big Ten you're gonna see the best names in coaching really got outside of coach today. Being a Duke or watch Tom crane who live Vick is one of the top guys. Marty mentioned Michigan State's Tom Izzo we know his rough and tumble south. And really it's time for that -- to put himself in that same class of a football winning that they've done beautiful would be every team in the Big Ten this year that is that -- was statement considering and then there's Bo Ryan who doesn't his way -- -- Jackson at point guard he's got that team they'll slow it down and you get bored with them. They will beat you on a last second three point shot -- proven that -- -- -- you have a guy in Minnesota that's won a national championship. This division we don't talk about it is built with great coaches that know how to change up and win games in short amounts of time tournaments -- to go to -- what three games of 48 hours 45 hours. You need great coaches to be able to do that. Folks if -- -- this is -- take -- days off what's the Big Ten tournament you'll regret -- absolutely imagine you follow -- that at best Ohio Z Jackson LB and Chicago giving you up to -- pace of everything that's going -- -- hopefully -- -- will be -- we come back next -- to -- -- a -- When we fill out your brackets to get ready for the big tournament as we work our way through.