Frank Kaminsky and Dez Wells lead the Wisconsin Badgers and Maryland Terrapins into the Big 10 Tournament as the two teams to beat.
Average ticket prices at The United Center in Chicago will be $628.64 with a get in of $114 for an all sessions pass to the Big 10 tournament. Wisconsin plays their first game on March 13th, where the average ticket price is $164.33 with a walk-in price of $35 just for game’s in their session. With four starters returning from the year’s previous Final Four squad, the Badgers (28-3, 16-2) haven’t missed a beat all season, perennially ranking among the country’s top-10 ranked squads and bagging the conference title by a full two games over the Terps.
Senior Kaminsky, the consensus leader as conference Player of the Year, led the way, averaging 18 points, eight rebounds and three assists. The rugged Kaminsky teamed with forwards Sam Dekker and Nigel Bronson to form one the country’s most skilled and versatile frontcourts. The backcourt tandem of Josh Gasser and Bronson Koenig round things out and make Wisconsin one of the most cohesive starting units in all of college hoops.
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As was the case throughout the regular season, Wisconsin’s biggest challenge figures to come from the hard-charging Terps and the ever relentless Wells (15 points, five rebounds, three assists). The league’s most dynamic player sparked Maryland past the Badgers in their only Big 10 loss of the season with Kaminsky in the lineup. Freshmen guard Melo Trimble has also been huge for the Terps, averaging a team-high 16.1 points and shooting a blistering 87 percent from the foul line.
Led by the senior tandem of guard Travis Trice (15 points, five assists) and forward Branden Dawson (12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks), the battle- tested Spartans of Michigan could also make some noise. Denzel Valentine chips in with averages of 14 points and five rebounds for coach Tom Izzo and his crew.
Ohio State hotshot freshmen, D’Angelo Russell (19.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 42 percent three-point shooting) could also turn heads with his dazzling array of drive, floaters and long-range bombing.
Playing in their home state, Illinois could also surprise by making a deep run in the tourney and perhaps saving their NCAA Tournament dreams. The Illini (19-12, 9-9) are led by Rayvonte Rice (17 points, six rebounds), Malcolm Hill (14 points, five rebounds) and Kendrick Nunn (11 points, four rebounds).