Breaking down all 14 teams heading into the Big Ten tournament

.@sportsprof56 makes a case for how all 14 teams can win the Big Ten tournament, and why they won't.

The Big Ten men's basketball tournament starts in Washington on Wednesday, and it might be one of the most wide-open fields in the event's nearly 20-year history.

While the league has not received the kind of respect nationally it usually does — only regular-season champion Purdue is expected to earn a top-four seed in the NCAA tournament — the lack of a dominant team might lead to several upsets at the Verizon Center.

"Go ahead, tell me you'd rather play a No. 12 or No. 7 [seed]. Tell me you'd rather play a No. 13 or No. 5. It is wide open," said longtime Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. "When there's a lot of parity, it means a lot of people beating up on each other ... Parity doesn't mean poor. Sometimes parity means we're deeper top to bottom. I think the tournament's wide open, more so than it's ever been."

Click on the photos above for a look at the teams going into the tournament.

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