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B1G coaches' tournament: Game 1

3/19/2014

On Wednesday, we introduced our own version of March Madness: the all-time Big Ten coaches tournament.

Well, it's time to kick things off. Remember, this is a 12-team tournament in which the top four seeds all received byes. Those top four seeds are:

1. Woody Hayes, Ohio State

2. Bo Schembechler, Michigan

3. Tom Osborne, Nebraska

4. Joe Paterno, Penn State

(Got a problem with our seeding? No surprise there. There are always gripes about the seeds in the men's basketball tourney.)

So today's first game pits the No. 5 seed vs. the No. 12 seed, with the winner advancing to face Paterno in the next round. Your votes will determine the winner, and you have until early Monday morning to weigh in.

No. 12 seeds often beat the No. 5 in the basketball brackets. Will we have another upset in this matchup, which features an old rivalry?

No. 12 Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty vs. No. 5 Michigan's Fielding Yost

Tournament résumés:

  • Daugherty: He coached the Spartans from 1954 to 1972 and led them to back-to-back national titles in 1965 and 1966. However, he had only one more winning season after those two seasons and finished with an overall record of 109-69-5. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

  • Yost: Michigan might not be Michigan without Yost. He led the Wolverines to six national titles (1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918 and 1923) while winning 10 Big Ten championships. His career winning percentage of .888 while a Big Ten head coach is the best all-time among those who spent at least a decade in the league.

Which coach advances? Vote now, and drop us a note as to why you voted the way you did. The best responses will run in our results posts