@BTNStatsGuys: Big Ten tourney seed scenarios entering final week

@BTNStatsGuys: Big Ten tourney seed scenarios entering final week

The final week of the Big Ten men’s basketball regular season tips off Monday, so it’s time to start considering the Big Ten tourney seed scenarios.

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Here are the scenarios entering Monday night’s two games.

1. Michigan State (14-2)

  • Already clinched double-bye
  • Clinches #1 seed with wins over Illinois and at Wisconsin OR split in final 2 games + Ohio State loss OR Ohio State loss + 2 Purdue losses
  • Can fall as low as #3 seed with 2 losses + 2 Purdue wins + 1 Ohio State win

2. Ohio State (13-3)

  • Already clinched double-bye
  • Clinches #1 seed with wins over Rutgers and at Indiana AND a Michigan State loss
  • Can fall as low as #3 seed with 2 losses + Purdue win OR split in final 2 games + 2 Purdue wins

3. Purdue (13-3)

  • Already clinched double-bye
  • Clinches #1 seed with wins at Illinois and home vs Minnesota + 2 Michigan State losses + Ohio State loss
  • Can be as low as #3 seed with MSU win + 2 Ohio State wins

4. Nebraska (11-5)

  • Can clinch #4 seed and double-bye with wins over Indiana and Penn State OR with a split in final 2 games + Michigan loss
  • Can fall as low as #7 with 2 losses + Indiana win over Ohio State + Penn State win over Michigan
  • Seed range: 4-7

5. Michigan (11-5)

  • Can clinch #4 seed and double-bye with wins at Penn State and at Maryland + Nebraska loss OR with split in final 2 games + 2 Nebraska losses
  • Can fall as low as #6 seed with 2 losses + Nebraska loss to Penn State
  • Seed range: 4-6

6. Indiana (9-7)

  • Can’t clinch double-bye. Highest possible seed is 5th.
  • Can clinch #5 seed with wins at Nebraska and home vs Ohio State + Nebraska loss to Penn State
  • Can fall as low as #7 seed
  • Seed range: 5-7

7. Penn State (9-7)

  • Can clinch double-bye with wins vs Michigan and at Nebraska + Michigan loss at Maryland + Nebraska loss to Indiana
  • Can be as low as #7 seed with split in final 2 games + Indiana win OR if they lose both games
  • Seed range: 4-7

8. Maryland (7-9)

  • Can clinch #8 seed with win at Northwestern on Monday and would be 1st team to clinch a seed this year.
  • Can’t fall below #10 seed
  • Seed range: 8-10

9. Northwestern (6-9)

  • Can be as high as #8 seed with 2 wins
  • Can’t get higher than #9 seed if they lose to Maryland on Monday
  • Can’t fall below #10 seed
  • Seed range: 8-10

10. Wisconsin (5-10)

  • Can clinch a single-bye with a win over Minnesota OR Michigan State
  • Can fall as low as #13 seed with 2 losses + tiebreakers
  • Seed range: 8-13

***

Teams 11-14 can all finish as high as No. 10 and as low at No. 14, and are guaranteed to play on Wednesday if Wisconsin wins one of its final two games.

11. Minnesota (3-12)

12. Illinois (3-12)

13. Rutgers (3-13)

14. Iowa (3-13)

Harold Shelton III, BTN Studio Researcher

Harold Shelton III is a BTN Studio Researcher who writes up weekly stats for BTN & BTN.com. Follow his work on Twitter @BTNStatsGuys.

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