After an action-packed final weekend of Big Ten play, we have our 2014 Big Ten Tournament bracket. In case you missed some of the awesome stuff that went on today, Nebraska may very well have solidified their place in the big dance with an epic win over Wisconsin in Lincoln.
Earlier on Sunday, Aaron Craft, Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Ohio State came away with an emotional win over Michigan State on Senior Day in Columbus. Also playing its final home game of the regular season, Minnesota defeated Penn State in a game crucial to the Gophers' tourney chances.
Purdue had a much sadder result on its home court, as they lost to Northwestern and fell to last place in the conference. The Wildcats, on the other hand, had the pleasure of breaking up a seven-game losing streak and avoiding the cellar in the final standings.
Speaking of the final standings, here's how things ended up after 108 Big Ten games:
That means that Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Nebraska get a free pass to the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals and will begin play on Friday. The bottom eight will play on Thursday. Here's the opening round matchups:
Noon ET: (9) Indiana vs. (8) Illinois
Season series: Split 1-1. Indiana won the most recent game 56-46 in Bloomington.
Winner plays: (1) Michigan
Around 2:30 p.m. ET: (12) Purdue vs. (5) Ohio State
Season series: Ohio State swept 2-0.
Winner plays: (4) Nebraska
6:30 p.m. ET: (10) Penn State vs. (7) Minnesota
Season series: Minnesota swept 2-0.
Winner plays: (2) Wisconsin
Around 9:00 p.m. ET: (11) Northwestern vs. (6) Iowa
Season series: Iowa swept 2-0.
Winner plays: (3) Michigan State
And here's a lovely visual representation of the bracket thanks to our friends at Land-Grant Holy Land (click to make big):