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Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Open Thread - Doc's Last Stand?

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Is this the end of the Doc Sadler era? Will he return next season as Athletic Director Tom Osborne gives him a reprieve after he knocks off Purdue and other teams on his way to a Big Ten title?
Is this the end of the Doc Sadler era? Will he return next season as Athletic Director Tom Osborne gives him a reprieve after he knocks off Purdue and other teams on his way to a Big Ten title?

The 2012 Big Ten Basketball tournament starts today, but I know I don't haThe Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday, March 8, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Heading into the tournament, the Big Ten continues to lead all conferences in the RPI and Sagarin ratings and is the only conference in the country with five top-15 teams.ve to tell you that since you've already got it on your calendar, you've taken the day off and you're ready for a full day of great basketball!

Or maybe not so much. I saw someone on tweeter express what most Nebrasketball fans are thinking right now:

March Madness - for Nebraska fans, it's March Mehness.

Brian is on vacation, so he's left it to me to put up a game thread for tonight's Nebraska vs Purdue game. I'm figuring our turnout will be light, but I am not willing to abandon those of you who like basketball whether Nebraska has had a good season or not.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament tips off Thursday, March 8, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Heading into the tournament, the Big Ten continues to lead all conferences in the RPI and Sagarin ratings and is the only conference in the country with five top-15 teams.

The full tournament will be televised, with some games on BTN, some on ESPN, and with the championship game on Sunday at 2:30 pm CT on CBS Sports.

Today's games start at 10:30 am, with #8 seed Iowa taking on #9 seed Illinois. Perhaps the Illini have one last gasp to save Bruce Weber's job, although that's probably a foregone conclusion at this point.

Game #2 will start around 1:00 pm with #5 Indiana against #12 seed Penn State.

Game #3 features #7 Northwestern, hoping to get their first NCAA tourney bid, against #10 Minnesota, who's limped their way to a mediocre finish.

The last game of the day - #6 Purdue vs #11 Nebraska. Hey! That's us! That will be on around 7:00 pm and will be on ESPN2. It could be Doc Sadler's last dance with the Huskers, or it could be that they knock off Purdue to avenge the double overtime loss in the women's tournament. A good can hope, can't he?

Hey, maybe we can make it a fun day full of memes or photoshops. Or cats. Anything. Or we talk about football, baseball, or whatever else you'd like to mention - bed bug infestations, even.

Just have fun with it.