Big Ten Tourney Wide Open

     The six team Big Ten baseball tournament begins at noon Wednesday in Columbus.  All of the games will be seen live on the Big Ten Network.  Michigan State, the 5th seed, faces 4th seeded Nebraska in the opener.  This is a double elimination tournament.   Purdue is the regular season champ but I think the field is wide open and any of the six teams could win it.  MSU may need to win it to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1979, but the Spartans could also still make it as an at large team without winning the tournament.

     No one has momentum coming into Columbus.  Indiana looked good in sweeping Ohio State, but I doubt how good the Buckeyes are this season.  Michigan State is 35-19 after losing two out of three to Penn State.  None of these teams, even Purdue, looks dominant to me.  But the top two seeds including Purdue of course, get to save their number one pitcher and Michigan State might have to face Joe Haase, the Boilermakers' ace, in the second game of the tournament on Thursday.  Michigan State lost seven one run games in a  13-11 conference season.  The Spartans are capable of anything, but I think their chances are better than not at this point.  We'll see.

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