Updated 2014 Big Ten Tournament Projections - Cornhuskers Take Control of The #4 Seed

Beating IU was huge for Nebraska's BTT hopes. - Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at the Big Ten Tournament bracket and some potential matchups that might occur.

As we get to the last days of the Big Ten regular season, we will be posting our Big Ten Tournament projections a little more frequently. Not as much may change, but with 5(!!!) ties in the conference standings, it's pretty easy to say that the race is tight. A single win over the weekend could move teams up pretty significantly. With that, let's look at today's Big Ten Bracket:;

2014 Big Ten Tournament Bracket (3/7):

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Thoughts

The top 3 positions didn't change from Wednesday with no team losing since then. It's also worth noting that Michigan has clinched the #1 spot and both Wisconsin and MSU have clinched 1st round byes. In fact, the top 3 seeds are set. The only question is whether Wisconsin or MSU will be the #2 seed.

The biggest remaining battle is going to be for that 4th seed. There are still 3 teams in competition for that 4th spot. Right now, Nebraska has a 1 game lead over OSU and Iowa, so they will lock the spot up with either a win or losses by both Iowa and OSU. Just to help people understand this, here are some of the scenarios that will get each team that #4 seed.:

- Iowa Clinches With:

  • Nebraska loss, win over Illinois, OSU loss
  • Nebraska loss, win over Illinois, OSU win
- Nebraska Clinches With:
  • Win over Wisconsin
  • Iowa loss and OSU loss
- Ohio State Clinches With:
  • Nebraska loss, win over MSU, Iowa loss
Moving down, with some of the lower seeds switching, we also have some interesting matchups in the 1st round. That Indiana and Illinois game looks interesting given the matchups already this year. Also, a lot of people will have their eyes on that Minnesota game considering their spot on the bubble. As of now, all teams seeded lower than #7 are locked below that number, so Minnesota only has the potential to move down this weekend.
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