Big Ten Tournament will have new 14-team format

Big Ten Tournament will have new 14-team format
August 21, 2014, 6:45 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The addition of Maryland and Rutgers to the Big Ten has meant many changes to the conference's scheduling in football and basketball.

Here's another.

[MORE BIG TEN: Big Ten releases conference basketball schedule for 2014-15]

The Big Ten Tournament will have an ... interesting format when it tips off in March of 2015 at the United Center. Take a look:

[MORE BIG TEN: Illini release full 2014-15 basketball schedule]

The tourney expands to five days and has a somewhat bizarre way of dividing up the teams. One would figure that the easiest way to do it would be to give just the top two seeds byes, but the conference seems to want to keep the byes given to the best four teams in the league. There will be two games on Day 1, four games on both Day 2 and Day 3, two games on Day 4 and the championship game on Day 5.

Regardless of how the bracket will function, at least we get an extra day of hoops. And that's always fun.

Any thoughts on the new format?