Final Big Ten Tournament Projections: Iowa Loses Out On #4 Seed

Iowa's loss to Illinois cost them a shot at the #4 seed. - Matthew Holst

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 (3/9):

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Thoughts

The top 3 positions maintained as neither team has played since Friday. Wisconsin faces Nebraska today and MSU faces OSU today. Here are your scenarios for the #2 seed:

- Wisconsin Clinches With:

  • Win over Nebraska
  • MSU loss
- MSU Clinches With:
  • Win over OSU and Wisconsin loss

Further down, the #4 seed remains open. The big weekend development was Iowa going down at home against Illinois. This locked Iowa out of receiving the #4 seed. The Hawkeyes owned virtually every tiebreaker, so that's actually a pretty big development. Now, there are two teams left and here are the scenarios for the #4 seed:

- Nebraska Clinches With:
  • Win over Wisconsin
  • OSU loss
- Ohio State Clinches With:
  • Win over MSU and Nebraska loss
The #2 and #4 seeds are the biggest things left to be determined in the Big Ten Tournament seeding, but there are still a few interesting races for seeding down the line. Iowa and OSU both have the potential to lock up the #5 seed. Along with this, the #7, #8, #9, and #10 seeds are all open depending on whether Minnesota or Penn State wins today. If Minnesota wins, they get the #7, otherwise it will go to Illinois. However, Indiana is a lock for the #8/#9 game. The only question is whether they will face Illinois or Minnesota. Penn State is locked in as the #10 seed. Finally, today's Northwestern-Purdue game will determine the #11 and #12 seeds.
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