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

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

Beating IU was huge for Nebraska's BTT hopes.
Beating IU was huge for Nebraska's BTT hopes.
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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 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 #8, #9, and #10 seeds are all open depending on if Penn State wins due to tiebreakers.  However, the #8 and #9 game is a lock.  It's basically about who will be the "higher" seeded team.  At the bottom, the Purdue and Northwestern game will decide who are #11 and #12.