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ESPN Releases Big 10 Tournament Prediction

A shot of Madison Square Garden.

The Big Ten Tournament is here a week earlier than it usually is. The conference's tourney is being played in New York City.

With the league wanting to play at Madison Square Garden, it had to be moved up a week so it won't conflict with the tournament taking place the following weekend.

Michigan State is the favorite. The Spartans won the regular season title and are the No. 1 seed.

Here's the full bracket:

ESPN has released its prediction for the tournament. It likes the favorite. College basketball writer Jeff Borzello is going with Michigan State: "The Spartans are maybe the most complete team in college basketball, while their nearest conference rival, Purdue, isn't playing its best basketball down the stretch. If MSU needed any added motivation, a tournament title could get Michigan State a 1-seed on Selection Sunday," says ESPN. You can view all of ESPN's conference tournament predictions here.

The Big Ten Tournament will start on Wednesday night. The top seeds begin play on Friday.