The real Madness begun a couple of hours ago, and I'm sure you're all glued to your TVs or live computer streams. But don't forget about our Big Ten players tournament.
The final of four first-round matchups between Big Ten standouts from the past 15 seasons tips off today. As a reminder, each Big Ten member is limited to one entry, and candidates must either have won Big Ten MVP honors or a major national award.
Voting for this matchup will take place until 9 a.m. ET Monday. Make your choice between ...
No. 4 seed Drew Brees (Purdue QB, 1997-2000) vs. No. 5 seed Paul Posluszny (Penn State LB, 2003-06)
This one should be a close call, as befitting a matchup between the No. 4 and 5 seeds, between two highly decorated players.
Brees is the most revered Purdue player in recent history, and understandably so. He won the Maxwell Award and was named Big Ten MVP in 2000 while finishing third in the Heisman Trophy voting. He finished second in the Maxwell Award voting in 1999. He holds the Big Ten records for career passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692). He also led the Boilermakers to the 2001 Rose Bowl, the school's first appearance in the Grandaddy since 1967. His legacy lives on at the school, where he and his wife donated $2 million to enhance an academic center that bears his name.
Few players personified Linebacker U. as well as Posluszny. He was just the second player ever to win the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defender in back-to-back seasons, accomplishing that in 2005 and 2006. He also won the 2005 Butkus Award and was a first-team All-American in 2005 and 2006. He is the first Nittany Lions player to lead the team in tackles three times and to post three 100-tackle seasons. He was the first junior captain for Joe Paterno in more than 30 years and served as a captain again his senior year. Jack Ham once lauded Posluszny as the greatest linebacker in Penn State history.
Which one of these superstars should move on to the next round? Vote now, and send your rationale for your choice here. We'll include some of the best responses in our post announcing the results.