Big Ten: Thirty Minutes to Tip

By Phil Kasiecki - March 11, 2007

CHICAGO - It's 30 minutes before the tip-off, and the stage is a little more set for this one. More fans have made their way in and both bands are hard at work preparing for the game.

Literaly a minute after the last blog, Ohio State's players started to take the floor to warm up. At the same time, the music began playing over the loud speakers here, and a couple of minutes later, Wisconsin headed to the locker room. The Badgers are back on the floor and the Buckeyes ran back out just moments ago.

Probable starting lineups look like this:

Ohio State: Mike Conley Jr., Jamar Butler, Ron Lewis, Ivan Harris, Greg Oden
Wisconsin: Michael Flowers, Kammron Taylor, Alando Tucker, Marcus Landry, Jason Chappell

  • The sneaker battle is adidas (Wisconsin) and Nike (Ohio State).
  • Look for the benches to be a factor. Ohio State has the Big Ten's Sixth Man of the Year in Daequan Cook, but in the two regular season meetings, he scored a total of seven points (on 2-14 shooting) against the Badgers and has not been very impressive thus far in Chicago. He has reached double figures in scoring just twice in the last ten games. Wisconsin, meanwhile, has quietly had two good games from sophomore Joe Krabbenhoft off the bench, and Greg Stiemsma has also contributed.
Posted by Phil Kasiecki at 03:02 PM on March 11, 2007

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