A truck lost its load on Chicago’s Eisenhower Expressway Wednesday morning, spreading lunch meat all over the pavement.

Which is a great reminder that it’s time for the conference-tournament buffets.

Be ready to swerve around frozen chicken patties when the NCAA tournament begins next week.

For now, a few thoughts on Delany’s March to the Sea, aka the Big Ten tournament:

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Anybody can pick Purdue. The Boilermakers are the Big Ten’s best team. They have Caleb Swanigan, who’s in the discussion (or ought to be) for national player of the year. They have Isaac Haas, who can get a job as a bad guy in a James Bond, Rocky or Harry Potter movie if the basketball thing doesn’t work out.

And. . . back in the day when Stu Courtney was my boss, before he traded in his Bears’ gear for Packer green-and-gold, he used to kick back my brackets when I picked too much chalk.

To this day, I pick too much junk.

That said, I’m on the Golden Gophers bandwagon for Delany’s March to the Sea. When all is said and done at the Big Ten tournament in Washington, D.C. (!!!), I’m picking Minnesota to cut down the nets. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.