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Five Big Ten teams take the court today, from Des Moines to Jacksonville to Hartford. Come talk about them with us!

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It’s finally here. March Madness. The NCAA Tournament. The Big Dance.

Thank goodness.

Here’s who’s playing in the Big Ten. If you’d like to join our picks competition, get last-minute pick advice from the OTE writers, or read up on any of the draws facing the various Big Ten teams, it’s your last chance! Oh my god, hurry!

[10] Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. [7] Louisville Cardinals

East Region: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
11:15am | CBS | UL -5 | O/U 135.5

Drinking game:

  • Reference to Pitino lawsuit: Drink.
  • Mention of Matz Stockman: Drink.
  • Jordan Murphy hits a double-double: Finish your drink.
  • See Rick Pitino: Chug a beer in 15 seconds (that’s all it takes, I’m told).

That’ll get you good and tuned up for a day of basketball. And don’t lie to me—you weren’t getting any work done, anyways.

Poll

Who you got?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    Gophers
    (7 votes)
  • 61%
    Cardinals
    (11 votes)
18 votes total Vote Now

[2] Michigan State Spartans vs. [15] Bradley Braves

East Region: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
1:45pm | CBS | MSU -18.5 | O/U 133.5

Go Braves.

Poll

Pick ‘em:

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    MSU to cover.
    (20 votes)
  • 29%
    MSU wins, does not cover.
    (9 votes)
  • 6%
    Middle Tennessee, Pt. II!
    (2 votes)
31 votes total Vote Now

[6] Maryland Terrapins vs. [11] Belmont Bruins

East Regional: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
2:10pm | TruTV | MD -3 | O/U 147.5

[RELATED]

Most common 11-over-6 upset this year? I would bet so. But as an avid wearer of sweater vests, I can’t help but pull for Rick Byrd and the Bruins. Or really just Rick Byrd. Whatever.

Poll

Upset?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Only if Mark Turgeon pulling his head out of his ass long enough to win a game counts as an upset.
    (22 votes)
  • 35%
    FEAR THE SWEATER VEST!
    (12 votes)
34 votes total Vote Now

[2] Michigan Wolverines vs. [15] Montana Grizzlies

West Regional: Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, IA
8:20pm | TNT | Mich -15 | O/U 130

We’ve done this already. Next.

Poll

I’m bored.

This poll is closed

  • 76%
    Me too. Michigan big.
    (40 votes)
  • 23%
    Well, you never know...it IS March...
    (12 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now

[3] Purdue Boilermakers vs. [14] Old Dominion Monarchs

South Regional: XL Center, Hartford, CT
8:50pm | TBS | Purdue -12.5 | O/U 126

PU:
ODU:

I don’t think it had dawned on me just how insane it is to have first-round games beginning on the East Coast at best, if we’re lucky, at 9:50pm GTZ+1.

First, I mean, they should just consider being in God’s Time Zone. But second...holy shit, that sounds miserable for all parties involved. And I can’t imagine there’s a ton of fun to be had in Hartford at about 12:30am when you finally get out of the stadium. Prove me wrong, Purdue fans.

Poll

Battle of the 7-footers:

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Purdue
    (46 votes)
  • 14%
    Old Dominion
    (8 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now

Full Schedule for the NCAA Tournament:

That’s all I’ve got for you. Here’s your Open Thread for the day. Don’t be an asshat.