California regulators okay early shutdown of GE-owned, 800MW gas-fired power plant

first_imgCalifornia regulators okay early shutdown of GE-owned, 800MW gas-fired power plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The California Energy Commission on Dec. 11 approved the premature decommissioning and demolition of General Electric’s 10-year-old, financially struggling natural gas-fired Inland Empire Energy Center, a more than $500 million generating facility in Riverside County once heralded as the future of the global power sector.Now a different future is unfolding — one in which a large-scale battery storage system is planned to replace the once roughly 800-MW, combined-cycle plant after GE dismantles it over the next year.“Obviously, the repurposing of this site as a battery storage facility will provide significant benefits,” Commissioner Karen Douglas said at a meeting ahead of the agency’s unanimous vote approving GE’s closure plan.The facility will cease power production at the end of 2019 and begin a 12-month decommissioning and demolition process, according to the plan. The company mothballed one of the two units in 2017.Only a quarter to a third of the way into the typical 30- to 40-year lifespan of such assets, the plant’s machinery remains in “pristine condition,” according to the Branford Group, an auctioneer that is helping GE sell still-useful equipment at reduced prices.Inland Empire came online in 2009 amid a gas plant building boom in California that pushed the state’s capacity reserves far beyond what is required for grid reliability. Increasingly under pressure from low-cost renewables, the plant’s early end reflects the investment risks of a gas-fired glut in many regions of the U.S., as identified in a new S&P Global Market Intelligence investigation. [Garrett Hering]More ($): California OKs early end for GE gas plant; big battery peaker plannedlast_img read more

The East Tennessee Road Trip: Smoking Chattanooga

first_imgGuide to the East Tennessee Road Trip Adventure:BRING: Mountain bike, water shoes, courageHIGHLIGHT: Scrambling the Chimney TopsSOUVENIR: Handcrafted beer mugs from Moccasin Bend Brewing ( OneStart at the Sugarlands Visitor Center on the western edge of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and head up Newfound Gap Road to the Chimney Tops Trail parking lot. This is a four-mile out and back that takes you to the rocky spine of a 4,840-foot knob with stellar views stretching deep into the park. Out of 900 miles of trail inside the park, Chimney Tops is one of the most stunning short hikes. Start by following and crossing Walker Prong for a mile as it makes its way into the West Fork of the Pigeon River, then ditch the creek and start climbing the mountain in earnest. You’ll gain 1,335 feet on your way to the ridge. The trail gets rootier and rockier the higher you climb, until eventually you’re scrambling hand over hand on solid rock with vertigo-inducing exposure. Hop and scramble your way across the spine of the mountain, pausing for a sack lunch with impeccable views.Post-hike, set up your tent in Elkmont Campground ($17), then drive just west of the park to Townsend, where you’ll splurge on one of the finest meals in East Tennessee at Dancing Bear Lodge. The menu changes nightly depending on what the chef pulls from his partner farms, but expect something to the tune of cornmeal-dusted rainbow trout over grits.Day TwoHead south along US 411, skirting the edge of the Smokies to the Ocoee River Gorge, where the Ocoee offers class IV whitewater winding through steep and green mountains. The Ocoee is dam-released, so check for the recreational release schedule. If you can, go on a weekend when the Upper Ocoee is flowing, allowing you to do the Upper/Middle combo trip for 8.5 miles of class III-IV that includes the ’96 Olympic canoe and kayak course as well as big-hit rapids like Grumpy’s and Humongous. And keep an eye out for the new breed of whitewater SUP paddlers who test the limits of SUP on the Ocoee all summer long.Pitch a tent at the Thunder Rock Campground, inside the gorge on the banks of the river ($12). And bring your mountain bike. The Thunder Rock Express is the highlight of the Tanasi trail system, which begins and ends at the campground. The screaming 1.5-mile downhill is well worth the sweat equity it takes to climb out of the gorge.Day ThreeKeep the bike lubed for your final day, when you’ll hit the ever-expanding Raccoon Mountain Trail System just outside of Chattanooga. SORBA Chattanooga has built 22 miles of singletrack on TVA land above downtown, with more to come in the future. The Chunky Freeride area offers steep downhills, big jumps and overhead drops over natural boulders. The Small Intestine Trail is the exact opposite, with smooth, flowing singletrack cut through a tight forest. Bust out a couple of loops, then drop into downtown Chattanooga for a mini brewery tour that includes the Chattanooga Brewing Company in the hip North Shore neighborhood, the inventive Moccasin Bend Brewing at the base of Lookout Mountain, and Terminal Brewhouse in the up and coming Southside neighborhood. Grab a dog or two at Good Dog, where the meat and all the fixings are harvested within 100 miles of the shop. After the beer tour, settle down for the night at The Crash Pad, a boutique hostel that caters to adventure-minded travelers (bunks start at $27).Want more adventure? Check out our full list of road trip guides!last_img read more

Take a deep breath, it’s just another rule

first_imgMy inbox has been quite full recently, as credit unions are gearing up for the implementation of the Military Lending Act revisions which are effective at the beginning of October.  That is to be expected, as the revised rule impacts credit unions much more significantly than it had in the past.However, the degree of apprehension I have been sensing from credit unions is quite high, and that is unfortunate.  I believe that much of this anxiety is caused by the lack of clarification and guidance on the part of the Department of Defense.  Although we’ve endured significant mortgage lending rules in recent years, the CFPB was very good about providing resources and communication regarding their expectations.  While at times we may have hoped for even more, their charts and “plain language” small entity compliance guides were quite helpful.  Unfortunately, with the MLA revisions, we’ve been left to make some interpretations and judgment calls based upon the language which exists.Although information is a little harder to come by, there are a few resources which might be helpful.   First, and foremost is the final rule itself.  It may appear a bit daunting at 54 pages but, reading the final rule can provide valuable insight.  Particularly in this case, where guidance is limited.  The rule can provide an awareness of the DoD’s thought process and expectations, which may assist credit unions in determining the spirit of the rule.   For example, the following language provides background on the DoD’s decision to include credit insurance premiums in the MAPR calculation: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMSatriamandala Museum offers night tour to lure visitors

first_imgFacebook Google On Friday afternoon, 38-year-old Sisi Farabi took her 4-year-old son to Satriamandala Museum, which exhibits a vast collection of the Indonesian Military’s (TNI) equipment and weapons, in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta.Th museum, managed by the TNI’s center for history, is central to the TNI’s history, displaying the belongings of former president Gen. Soeharto, the first military commander-in-chief Gen. Soedirman, the first chief of staff of the then-Indonesian Armed Forces (ABRI) Gen. Oerip Soemohardjo and former defense minister Gen. Abdul Haris Nasution.The museum welcomes visitors with dioramas, including one about the declaration of independence on Aug. 17, 1945 and the Battle of Surabaya on Nov. 10, 1970. It also has rooms showing rifles and handguns, as well as swords and sharpened bamboo, in addition to an exhibition of military transportation … Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Topics : Museum TNI Indonesian-Military night-at-the-museumlast_img read more

Four women at forefront of Israel’s Arab political surge

first_imgIsrael’s youngest lawmaker Aida Touma, a Christian Arab-Israeli re-elected on March 2, is on the List’s four-person team negotiating with Gantz.A women’s activist before entering parliament in 2015, Touma stressed that the List’s incoming female MPs “are from all walks of life and are capable and serious representatives of the whole of society”.The Joint List is an alliance of parties representing both Muslim and Christian Arab Israelis, as well as some Jewish leftists.Its members range from Islamists to communists.One member, Sundus Salih, is at 34 about to become Israel’s youngest lawmaker.The mother of three is from Al-Mashhad town near Nazareth and has a masters in science and technology.”There are differences between the [List’s] parties… but we four women unite and agree on most things,” Salih told AFP.”As a mother and a teacher I am worried by the proliferation of violence and guns.”   The fourth member of the quartet almost didn’t make it on the ballot.Hiba Yazbek, also from Nazareth, was blocked as a candidate by the Central Elections Committee over Facebook posts allegedly supporting terrorism.She denied the charges and won an appeal. Now she is determined to use her Knesset seat to fight for Arab rights.”We intend to translate our great electoral strength into political positions that reinforce our position as Arabs in this country and confront the right wing and its agendas,” she told AFP. ‘Lack of options’ Like other Arab-Israeli MPs, Khatib speaks fluent Hebrew.She studied social services at Tel Aviv University, specializing in women’s support. In parliament, she wants to tackle issues ranging from violence in Arab neighborhoods to poverty and housing.”Sixty-four percent of women are excluded from work, not because they don’t want to work but due to conditions and lack of travel options,” she said, referring to the Arab population.Inflexible hours mean Arab women often need to leave for work before their children go to school, she said.”These issues must be put on the table at the Knesset.”The new parliament will be sworn in next week but some fear it will last only a few months.No bloc has a 61-seat majority, a repeat of inconclusive polls in April and September 2019.Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud won 36 seats and controls a total of 58, counting its allies. Netanyahu’s main rival Benny Gantz, who heads Blue and White, needs the Joint List’s support to even consider forming a government.The List’s head Ayman Odeh has indicated he could back Gantz under certain conditions.  Topics : The List draws most of its support from Israel’s roughly 20-percent Arab minority — who have Israeli citizenship but are Palestinian by heritage.Israel’s Arab minority complain of discrimination and accuse Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of treating them as second-class citizens.Netanyahu counters that his government has invested more in Arab neighborhoods than any in the history of the Jewish state.The List’s elected women told AFP that while they will focus on their constituent’s concerns, they also care about wider issues in Israeli society.”Do not make the veil a barrier. Look at the capabilities of the veil’s wearer — their ethics, work, skills and attitudes,” said Khatib, a 54-year-old mother of four.There are “religious Jewish women in the Knesset”, she added. “We didn’t hear any comment about them.””We must deal with people first as human beings.”center_img But in March 2 elections, one party managed to double its female representation, albeit from a low base.The predominantly Arab Joint List won 15 of the Knesset’s 120-seats, the alliance’s best-ever performance and up from 13 during stalemate election last September.The List also counts four women among its incoming MPs, up from two in September.Khatib will be part of the Knesset’s largest ever contingent of Arab women, including three Joint List colleagues and a Druze woman from the centrist Blue and White party. Newly elected Israeli MP Iman al-Khatib, greeting supporters in Nazareth, shook hands with women but tapped her heart with her right hand for men.The gestures signaled the Muslim identity of the woman who is about to become Israel’s first hijab-wearing MP and part of a group of Arab women poised to expand their voice in Israel’s male-dominated politics.All major parties in the Jewish state are led by men, with women making up only 25 percent of lawmakers in the Knesset, or parliament.last_img read more

Werner eyes Chelsea dynasty after spending spree

first_imgChelsea striker Timo Werner believes the Blues have assembled a team capable of winning titles for years to come after a £200 million ($260 million) spending spree in an otherwise depressed transfer market.Werner made a £50 million move from RB Leipzig in June and has been joined in London by German international teammate Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell and Thiago Silva.”I’ve come here to win titles. Chelsea is a big club and a club that always wants to win,” said Werner on Wednesday. “Now we have a very strong team and a young team that can develop, and can go through a period of a long time where we can stay together, because we are young and we want to win.”Chelsea, who beat Brighton 3-1 in Werner’s debut on Monday, face an early test of their Premier League title credentials when reigning champions Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Werner was linked with a move to Anfield for many months before he joined Chelsea, but was reportedly convinced by Frank Lampard’s plans to make him his first-choice striker.”I decided to join Chelsea because for me it was the best decision I can take,” he said. “Not only because of the style of football but also because of what they have shown to me. “I think it was a hard decision in the end but I am very, very excited and proud that I decided like this because now when I have been here for at least one-and-a-half months, it feels right.”It feels good. The team is brilliant. We have some very good, but always calm and nice players. It is fun to play here at Chelsea and to be part of the team.”We can do very well with this team in the next few months and the next few years.”And Werner stressed the importance of the role Lampard played in convincing him to choose Chelsea after a 34-goal season for Leipzig.”He called me a lot, we had a lot of conversations, he texted me a lot and he sent me some videos where he could show me what style of football he wants to play,” said the German.”For me those were important things to know about moving to a new club because I loved to play for Leipzig and everything was well for me there.”So it was really important for me to come to a team with a vision that fits my style of football.”And I think the whole Premier League fits very well to my style of football, because it’s so fast, and fast players have really good space.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

PDV Caribe embarks on Health and Safety Month

first_img 93 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! PDV Caribe Dominica Limited has embarked on a new initiative geared at enhancing the quality of health and safety standards within its organization, its clients and the population with the implementation of a Health and Safety Month.The month of March has been designated as Health and Safety Month under the theme “Your safety is our safety”.Health, Safety and Security Officer Kendall Austrie and HR Leader Denise CharlesThe purpose for observing a health and safety month as explained by the Human Resource Leader at PDV Caribe Dominica Denise Charles is part of the company’s goal to ensure that safety is a top priority.Charles further noted; “We notice that in Dominica safety awareness needs to be increased and by educating our people I believe that we can build that safety culture so that people will know what they can do”.As part of the month activities for safety awareness, Health, Safety and Security Officer Kendall Austrie who was also present at Tuesday’s press conference noted that a series of training and educational seminars will be held with a view to educating participants on the “value of health and safe practices within our industry and our operations”.He highlighted the training areas which are Defensive Driving, General Wellness, Work Related Stress Management, Fire Management Training and Prevention, CPR & First Aid Training, Disaster Management & Handling of Hazardous Material, Hazardous Communication and Handling of Compressed Gas (LPG), Environmental Protection, Stress Management. Kendall AustrieThe Defensive Driving course which began yesterday and will continue for the rest of this week is being facilitated by St. Lucican Martin Joseph a British Army trained driving instructor who according to Austrie, “is very familiar with our road conditions here in Dominica” and who has also conducted previous training with other companies on island.Although these training sessions are designed specifically for persons employed within the sector of selling and distribution of liquid petroleum gases, Charles believes that the entire island will benefit if these safety guidelines are implemented by participants.“We hope that we would have re-trained our employees re-emphasize the need for safety to them and our clients and by extension. We have to lead and we hope that by leading in that training that it will be reflected in the personnel that have been trained including our LPG agents all around the island who serve LPG to the public.” According to Charles, the intended outcome of the month’s activities is to “build a robust safety culture not only for PDV Caribe but for Dominica”.The theoretical training sessions will be held at the Orchard Restaurant in Morne Daniel, Canefield while the practical sessions will be at the PDV Caribe plant in Jimmit.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share LocalNews PDV Caribe embarks on Health and Safety Month by: – March 6, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Newcastle ‘join transfer race’ for Chelsea, Everton target

first_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Simple Product Ideas That Made Their Creators Millionaires9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TV8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Best Cars Of All TimeTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much Easier The attacking midfielder would be a flagship signing for new owners looking to establish Newcastle as a serious force in the Premier League. Bayern are believed to be unwilling to pay Barcelona’s asking price to make Coutinho’s switch permanent, while Liverpool have told the player they are not interested in re-signing him. Newcastle’s takeover could be confirmed next week Read Also: EPL clubs briefed on proposed hotel lockdown ahead of return Brendan Rodgers was the man who signed Coutinho at Liverpool, which has led to the Leicester connection, while Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is set to splash the cash at Goodison Park and is understood to be an admirer of the Brazilian. But former Sunderland and Aston Villa forward Darren Bent believes Coutinho would snub a move to the Toffees over fears for the safety of his family, having spent five years at Merseyside rivals Liverpool. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Philippe Coutino has been linked with a shock move to Newcastle United as speculation continues over the former Liverpool star’s future. Coutinho could be on his way back to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea believed to be leading the race to sign the Barcelona misfit. Tottenham, Everton and Leicester have also been touted as potential destinations for the Brazilian, who has failed to hit the heights of his starring role at Liverpool since making a big-money move to Barca in January 2018. Philippe Coutinho could be on his way back to the Premier League this summer But Newcastle are the latest club to be mentioned in connection with the 27-year-old, who has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich. With the Magpies set for a £300million takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, Mundo Deportivo reports that the Tyneside club would be willing to match Barcelona’s £110m price tag for Coutinho.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

USC drops one spot in 2013 college ranking

first_imgUSC dropped one spot to No. 24 on U.S. News and World Report National University Rankings on Tuesday night.The publication, which ranks colleges each year on 16 criteria such as fall acceptance rate and graduation rate, released its 2013 rankings at 9 p.m. PDT.USC tied with UCLA — which was previously ranked No. 25 — and the University of Virginia for the No. 24 spot.Harvard University and Princeton University tied for the top spot, with Yale University coming in third. West-coast schools Stanford University and California came in at No. 6 and 21, respectively.All the colleges in the National Universities category on the site offer a variety of undergraduate majors, master’s and Ph.D. programs and place an emphasis on faculty research.last_img read more

Around the Big Ten: What each team needs to do to win the Big Ten tournament

first_imgWith the Big Ten tournament already a day old, 12 teams remain in play for the coveted Big Ten men’s basketball tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.To see what each team’s chances are in the tournament, The Badger Herald reached out to each student newspaper in the Big Ten and asked them, “What does your team have to do to win the Big Ten tournament?”Here’s what they said:1 – Wisconsin (28-3, 16-2 Big Ten)Since the loss to Maryland, the Badgers have bounced back in a big way with wins over Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State to capture the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament.Big Ten Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky and all-Big Ten selections Sam Dekker and Nigel Hayes will need, and will likely, continue their effectiveness from the regular season into tournament time. If the backcourt duo of sophomore guard Bronson Koenig and redshirt senior Josh Gasser can consistently hit some threes, that will help to take the full scoring load off the shoulders of the frontcourt and will only help UW.But for Wisconsin to win its second conference championship of the season, they’ll need the bench to step up like they did against Ohio State. With the potential for games on three straight days, the Badgers’ starters won’t be able to play 30-plus minutes each game and hope for fresh legs come Sunday. Zak Showalter, Duje Dukan and Vitto Brown will need to come off the bench and give head coach Bo Ryan valuable minutes. If they can do that, you have to like Wisconsin’s odds of bringing home another Big Ten championship.– Eric Kohlbeck, The Badger Herald2 – Maryland (26-5, 14-4 Big Ten)Through their resurgent season, the No. 8 Terrapins have employed a constant formula in games that go down to the wire.Head coach Mark Turgeon puts the ball in the hands of Melo Trimble or Dez Wells and lets one of his two stars go to work on the most crucial possessions of contests. If the Terps play through Wells on back-to-back trips down the floor, they’ll often run an isolation for Trimble, the crown jewel of a four-member freshman class, on the next play. It works vice versa, too.So in an attempt to win their inaugural Big Ten tournament, the Terps will lean on Wells and Trimble. It’s a tactic that’s worked well this season — the Terps are 10-0 in games decided by six points or less — and it’s clear that Turgeon’s willing to take his chances living and dying with the two all-Big Ten performers.– Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback3 – Michigan State (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten)We’re no closer to figuring out if the Spartans have what it takes for a postseason run than they were back in November.The same problems that reared their head at the beginning of the season —  untimely fouls, an inability to get defensive stops with a lead and three minutes left and the lack of a consistent crunch time scorer — remain an issue today. These three issues nearly cost them the No. 3 seed-clinching win against Indiana last Saturday.MSU could have won four additional games this season had they drained more free throws in the last two minutes. It’s true. A few lucky bounces could go a long way in the tournament.It’s tough to bet against a team led by Tom Izzo, even if critics will say this is a down year for him. The Spartans are as formidable as anyone when their big three — Travis Trice, Denzel Valentine and Branden Dawson — are locked in.And despite all of the frustration, it says something that despite their struggles, they still emerged as the third best team in the conference behind two top-10 teams.– Omari Sankofa, The State News4 – Purdue (20-11, 12-6 Big Ten)Purdue had a rough start to the season, going just 8-5 in non-conference play, including a three-game losing streak right before Big Ten play.However, the Boilermakers found their stride in conference play earning four wins over top-25 teams in the process with back-to-back wins over then No. 25 Iowa and No. 22 Indiana. Despite losing two of its last three games to finish out the regular season, Purdue still ended up with the No. 4 seed and double-bye.The Boilermakers are led by seven-foot center A.J. Hammons who averages a team-high 11.5 points per game in addition to 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks. Purdue will need Hammons to perform at an all-Big Ten level with two potential difficult matchup ahead should the Boilermakers get to the championship game.Fifth-seed Iowa could potentially play Purdue Friday and if it can get past that one, top-seeded Wisconsin awaits in the semifinals.– Eric Kohlbeck, The Badger Herald(The Purdue Exponent could not be reached)5 – Iowa (21-10, 12-6 Big Ten)If Iowa wants a chance to win the Big Ten Tournament, it needs its best players to play like its best players, and Iowa fans should be confident the Hawkeyes will do so. Aaron White has been on an absolute tear during Iowa’s current six-game winning streak, averaging 21.2 per contest. Jarrod Uthoff has been fairly steady all year, and his 12 point average has helped the Hawkeyes a lot. (Sorry, Wisconsin fans. Although, I’m sure you’re not complaining much in the land of cheese).Contributions from Anthony Clemmons, Mike Gesell, Adam Woodbury, Gabe Olaseni and Peter Jok have been huge too. Even Josh Oglesby’s jumper has show up lately. If these guys keep playing the way they’ve been playing during Iowa’s hot streak, the Hawkeyes aren’t the team I’d like to square off with if I’m an opposing coach.The bottom line is this: Iowa has looked strong to end the season on the offensive and defensive end of the ball. As long as there isn’t a let down, head coach Fran McCaffery and company have a nice future.– Danny Payne, The Daily Iowan6 – Ohio State (22-9, 11-7 Big Ten)For the Ohio State men’s basketball team to be successful in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament, it will need more than just spectacular play from freshman guard D’Angelo Russell.While the Buckeyes typically go as Russell goes, the Louisville, Kentucky, native is in uncharted waters as a college player.He has never played in a postseason game in college, but is surrounded by teammates who have played in two Elite Eights and a Final Four.OSU will need consistent play from senior forward Sam Thompson to help stretch the floor for Russell and will need senior center Amir Williams to be the dominant center everyone thought he could be coming out of high school.If the Buckeyes can give Russell any kind of help, they have a chance to surprise a few people and make a late run in Chicago.– James Grega Jr., The Lantern7 – Indiana (19-12, 9-9 Big Ten)Indiana has been a lot like an unlit firework.The potential for an explosion is there. The Hoosiers are equipped with more shooters than just about any team in the country and regularly put four guards on the floor more than capable of letting shots fly from beyond the arc.But then there’s the chance the firework that is the 2014-15 Hoosiers is a dud. The offense, when clicking, can cover the sins of a poor defense, lack of height and youth sometimes too prone to making mistakes.When it’s not clicking, IU can lose to just about anyone.IU will go as far as the offense will carry it in the Big Ten Tournament. The only way IU stands a chance is if sharp-shooting guards like Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Nick Zeisloft get hot from beyond the arc and hit around 15 3-pointers to make up for a sometimes non-existent defense.​– Sam Beishuizen, Indiana Daily Student8 – Illinois (19-12, 9-9 Big Ten)There is a pretty good chance Illinois senior guard Rayvonte Rice never gets a chance to play in the NCAA tournament.The Champaign native transferred to Illinois after two years at Drake and has become one of the Big Ten’s most feared scorers. After the Illini lost to Purdue in West Lafayette last weekend, their NCAA tournament hopes took a big hit. The Illini sit at 19-12 entering the Big Ten tournament with a game Thursday morning against Michigan.The Illini probably need at least two wins in the Big Ten tournament to go dancing. Illinois has some talented players on their team, but their X factor is Rice. He knows this is his last chance to make the NCAA tournament. Down the stretch, Rice has started to lock in, averaging 20 points in his last five games. We’ll see just how far Rice can carry his hometown team in the Big Ten tournament.– Sam Sherman, The Daily Illini9 – Michigan (15-15, 8-10 Big Ten)According to Michigan head coach John Beilein, the Wolverines “have a chance against everybody” if they can play like they did against Rutgers. If Michigan can have 20 assists, a 30-point scorer and another player post a double-double, it might be possible to win the Big Ten Tournament and steal an NCAA Tournament bid.While that’s certainly possible, it’s very unlikely. Michigan will need everything to go its way to win the Big Ten Tournament. It’ll need great shooting from deep and for its bigs to contain the opposition down low to stay in games.Just like they did earlier in the season against Wisconsin, the Wolverines will need to fight as long as possible and hope the ball bounces their way in the end to squeak out the win.Michigan will have to play a complete game all tournament long to have any chance to win it all.– Dan Feldman, The Michigan Daily10 – Northwestern (15-16, 6-12 Big Ten)If Northwestern is going to make a run in the Big Ten Tournament, it needs a lot to happen. The Wildcats have the pieces to reach the semifinals with a little luck, but to go any further they will be in need of a ton of luck.Point guard Bryant McIntosh was an all-Big Ten Freshman Team selection, but he seems to have hit the proverbial “freshman wall” in recent games, particularly with his scoring.In the final five games of the regular season, McIntosh averaged 6.4 points on 28.9 percent shooting, although he was also dishing out 6.2 assists per contest.The Wildcats will need McIntosh and leading scorer Tre Demps, a junior guard, at their best when going up against talented backcourts from Indiana and Maryland just to reach the semifinals.Freshman wing Vic Law has been an X factor for Northwestern in the team’s late season surge. He scored in double figures three times in the final five games after just one such scoring effort previously in Big Ten play.– Jesse Kramer, The Daily Northwestern11 – Minnesota (17-14, 6-12 Big Ten)Minnesota winning the Big Ten tournament won’t be easy. The Gophers have lost five of their last six games, but could definitely surprise some teams if a few things go well.Andre Hollins has to be on fire. He scored 41 points at Minnesota once and has been streaky all season. Mo Walker needs to build off his 26-point, 11-rebound performance that closed out the regular season. It also wouldn’t hurt if freshman guard Nate Mason, who’s been coming on lately, broke out in late-round games that could potentially see him defending D’Angelo Russell and Melo Trimble.As a whole? Minnesota needs to limit second-chance points. The Gophers are terrible rebounders and every possession at the tournament will be critical.– Jack Satzinger, The Minnesota Daily12 – Nebraska (13-17, 5-13 Big Ten)Entering the tournament the Huskers have an eight-game losing streak, with only two of those losses coming by single digits. There was a lot of hype in Lincoln about Nebraska basketball this season with the return of leading scorers Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields. But with a failure to win on the road and a bench that rarely steps up, the Huskers have depleted this season.For Nebraska to make a run in the Big Ten Tournament, the Huskers need the bench to step up. Guards such as Tai Webster and Tarin Smith need to catch fire to give Terran Petteway the confidence to hit the three-pointers he’s always attempting. Offensively, it is essential for the Huskers to be more efficient in 3-point land, as they are only making 28 percent of three-pointers this season. Fix that on offense and you have a dark horse in this year’s tournament.– Josh Kelly, Daily Nebraskan13 – Penn State (16-15, 4-14 Big Ten)The Nittany Lions have a winnable game against Nebraska, but after that it gets tough.Fifth-seed Iowa awaits Penn State, should it beat the Cornhuskers, and after that would be Purdue. Now, head coach Patrick Chambers’ squad actually showed well against both the Hawkeyes and Boilermakers (PSU lost to each in overtime by four and seven points, respectively), but Iowa and Purdue will both benefit from byes.In both of those close, overtime losses, the Lions were unable to close the door down the stretch — something D.J. Newbill was able to do against Minnesota Saturday.But if Newbill and Penn State find a way to pull off three straight wins (something the Lions weren’t able to do against Big Ten teams in the regular season), the run would surely end there. Barring a shocking upset to Illinois/Michigan, top-seed Wisconsin would be the next challenge for the Lions.Newbill and Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament ride is likely to last only one or two games.– Garrett Ross, The Daily CollegianUpdate: No. 14 Rutgers and No. 12 Nebraska both lost in the first round of the Big Ten tournament Wednesday.last_img read more