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.