On March 3rd & 4th, the annual Big Ten Championships will head to East Lansing to be held at Michigan State's Breslin Center. While the Spartans hope that the new coaching staff helps them climb up from the bottom of the standings, the tournament will not suffer when the first whistles blow.
First and foremost, the Breslin Center (pictured above) is a very quality arena. It has great sight lines and will be a very quality venue for one of the best events of the year.
Geographically, 2018 is an excellent time for this location. Down the road about 45 minutes, the Michigan squad is ranked 3rd in the country and looks to have their best team in over ten years. Their top to bottom strength will give plenty of chances for Michigan fans to be engaged throughout the sessions, including Logan Massa. Massa took 3rd in the NCAA's as a freshman last season and grew up only 20 minutes away. Fan favorite and giant, Adam Coon, will also be competing not far from home Fowlerville.
To the south, the Buckeyes look to win their 3rd Big Ten title in four years. They're led by three-time World & Olympic Gold Medalist Kyle Snyder and their squad is the current favorite to win the Big Ten and NCAA Championship. With a couple transfers and a slew of accomplished veterans, Ohio State mathematically looks a leg up from the field.
Saying the Buckeyes are the favorites just doesn't roll off the tongue right when Cael magic will make an appearance. His Penn State squad has won 6 of the last 7 National Championships. In 2017, after finishing 2nd at Indiana with two Big Ten champs, they put together the second highest NCAA point total in history with five champions. All five of those champions return making anything possible. Speaking of homecomings, Assistant Coach Casey Cunningham is from Fulton-Middleton and was a national champion at Central Michigan. Defending 174 lb national champion sophomore phenom Mark Hall grew up in Davison before moving to prep elsewhere.
Of course, there's always Iowa. The Brands express was thought to have a rebuild season, but made waves this week announcing phenom Spencer Lee will remove his redshirt immediately adding another 125 lb title contender. Along with five Midlands champions last week, Lee means the Black & Gold nation will have plenty to cheer for in March.
Of course, there are ten other teams providing many more stars to the mix. 2-time NCAA Champion Isiah Martinez (Illinois) will look for his 4th Big Ten title. Rutgers, Minnesota, Wisconsin add title threats as well adding to the fun that will be in East Lansing.
Tickets are on sale right now. I recommend not waiting.