RTC Live: Big Ten SemifinalsPosted by jstevrtc on March 12th, 2011
Games #212-213: The state of Michiganis well-represented here in Indianapolis, which, as we’ve said, may be the most basketball-crazy town we’ve invaded. It’s just silly here. And it’s a beautiful thing.
Today starts off with no less than Ohio State up against Michigan, and you know how those institutions feel about each other. If you think this is only a football rivalry, try telling that to the maize and blue and the scarlet and gray amoeba-like crowds that have taken their positions outside of Conseco Fieldhouse like angry Libyans swarming around Qaddafi’s house. A tad more civilized, this gathering. But Buckeyes vs Wolverines has an intensity all its own, no matter the playing surface. Ohio State is probably still the overall #1 seed in the upcoming, but they’ll have to knock off UM for the third time this season, and that’s never easy. After that, Penn State is playing for sheer Tournament survival while Michigan State attempts to improve upon a week that just may have put them into the Dance. Let us not worry about that, now, though. It’s Big Ten semifinal day, and every player on each of these teams has cast a keen eye on that gigantic trophy sitting over there beside Jim Jackson as they run in and out of the locker room. Michigan vs Ohio State. Penn State vs Michigan State. A basketball-crazy city. Let’s go.