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March Madness 2011 Bubble Watch: Big Ten Monday Update

As we will do every week up until the March Madness 2011 bracket is released, we will check in on the bubble watch every Monday.

Big Ten Bubble Watch
Illinois (6-6, 16-9) - Illinois lost on their own floor to a Purdue squad that didn't exactly play lights out shooting a whopping 28.6 from the floor in the first half. Sophomore reserve guard Brandon Paul gives hope for the Illini future as he had 23 points in this game but there will quickly be no March Madness 2011 future unless things turn around quick. Illinois has a big win against Wisconsin at home but that is about it, they do have chances though to get themselves to the dance though as they still have games left against Ohio State, and Purdue but they really need to rise to the occasion and get one of those two.

Minnesota (6-7, 17-8) - The Gophers really looked like a lock before the injuries and transfers occurred as they do have wins against West Virginia, UNC and Purdue. The Gophers finally ended their loosing streak with a nice 62-45 win on the road versus Iowa. Sure Iowa was probably a little emotionally spent after a tough loss to Wisconsin but the Gophers moved pretty closed to being in March Madness 2011. The Gophers have a very favorable schedule coming up so if they win most of they can real a few off they will be dancing.

Michigan State (6-6, 14-10) - The Spartans didn't play this weekend but they did win their last game versus Penn State and knocked PSU out of the March Madness 2011 bubble talk. The Spartans have games left with Ohio State, Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois but they need to win a lot as it is hard to explain away 10 losses and a win against Purdue or Ohio State might just be required.

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