Will Michigan State really contend with Ohio State? An early indication will be their Jan. 9 meeting.
After a huge win in the second round of last season's NCAA tournament, Michigan State lost in a bad way four days later. But the Spartans have since used the Sweet 16 loss to motivate them.
The Big Ten's image has taken a big hit the past couple of seasons as its teams have struggled in the NCAA tournament. But with a handful of players back from injury, and a slew of new coaches, the league might be back on track.
Though the front-runners in both the SEC and Big Ten tournaments are no surprise, the conference tournaments remain very compelling as teams get one last chance to prove they deserve an NCAA bid.
No green team has ever reached the Final Four. This season, Michigan State, Baylor and a couple others could be the first.