Time for the Men’s Big Ten Tourney…

…and we are hosting it right here in Indy!  Are you going?  As an Indiana fan, I’m disappointed in their performance this season, but I am not a fair weather fan and will continue cheering them on despite their record this season.

2014 is the ninth time Indianapolis has hosted the Tourney and the first game tips off at noon on Thursday with 8th seeded Indiana taking on 9th seeded Illinois…click here for the brackets to follow all the games!

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament has only been around 16-years, sellout crowds, exciting and competitive games, national television coverage and throngs of media have been highlights of past years tournaments.  Since the beginning of the tournament, the Big Ten has  has had 6 teams crowned champion. Ohio State leads all Big Ten schools with 4 (2007, 2010, 2011, 2013), followed by Michigan State with 3 (1999, 2000, 2001). Illinois 2 (2003, 2005), Iowa 2 (2001, 2006) and Wisconsin 2 (2004, 2008), and Purdue 1 in 2009.

Just remember, while each team participates in the tournament and the winner receives the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, but the team (or teams) that finish at the top of the regular-season standings is the Big Ten Champion. The bracket is seeded according to the final regular-season standings with the conference champion earning the top seed and the top four finishers receiving first-round byes.

Not going to the games, you can find the games covered by 4 different networks.  BTN will carry the opening 2 games as well as 2 primetime games on Friday.  ESPN2 will cover Thursday’s primetime matchups, ESPN will carry Friday’s afternoon games and CBS Sports takes over on Saturday for the semifinals and Sunday’s championship game.

So…are you going to the Fieldhouse to catch your favorite team?

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Vicki Reed

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What do you do for fun in the Winter?

The major winter holidays are behind us…what do we do for the rest of the winter???  Besides my job as a Realtor (yes, I consider it a lot of fun…even in winter!) my favorite pastime is watching Men’s College Basketball!  The problem is that Indy isn’t hosting a major men’s college basketball event until the Midwest Regional of the Men’s Basketball 2013 NCAA Tournament the last weekend in March!

Okay, so we have Butler Basketball here in the city, always a great time and if you can get tickets, Bloomington isn’t that far away to see my FAV and …okay, we also have…well…Purdue.

So what else is there to do, and if you are like me, not spend a lot of money!  Indianapolis is such a great city with tons of things to do ALL seasons, but for Winter, how about…

Ice Skating – My youngest nieces (ages 10 and 11) love to go ice skating!  When they visit we go to the Indiana/World Skating Academy at the Pan Am Plaza – for under $15, they can skate for 2 hours and have a great time.  I generally follow that up with a treat like Chocolate Nachos at Cheeseburger in Paradise – great way to spend an afternoon.

Museums – One of my favorite things is to simply visit and enjoy the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  It is $5 to park and unless you are going to a special exhibit, it’s free to walk through and enjoy.  I spend a lot of time in the textile exhibits, right now they have An American Legacy: Norell, Blass, Halston & Sprouse spanning more than 50 years of fashion history, the exhibition presents the work of four innovative designers, their individual styles and lasting influence on American fashion.  We also have the world class Indianapolis Children’s Museum, The Indiana State Museum and the Eitlejorg, all a great adventure and all priced well for a great, relaxed visit.

Check back next week for more ideas!  While you are waiting…click here to sign up on my website for all the Indianapolis Real Estate Market News!

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Vicki Reed