The 2018 Big Ten men's tournament kicks off today in New York City. All games will be played at a very historic venue, Madison Square Garden. Iowa will play Illinois this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

According to Las Vegas, Illinois is a one-point favorite. If you're not in New York City, you can catch all of the action on the Big Ten Network.

Illinois enters the game with a 14-17 overall record. The Illini have lost six of their last seven games. Iowa has an overall record of 13-18 on the season. The Hawkeyes had lost 6 six games in a row but managed a win over Northwestern on Sunday.

If Iowa plans to play in the NCCA tournament, they will need to win today's game plus another four. It won't be easy, but it has been done before. It all starts with a victory this afternoon against Illinois.

GO HAWKS!