The Big Ten has started to spread out over the past few weeks with Wisconsin taking a dominate position at #1 in the rankings, but there still remains a close battle for the #2 spot and some really close battles to avoid the first day of the Big Ten Tournament and to secure the #4 seed bye. With that, let's take a look at the current seeding of this year's Big Ten Tournament.
The concept is pretty simple. Each week, BTP will be taking a look at how the Big Ten Tournament projects as of that morning. For instance, today's bracket will be set as of Friday, February 13, 2015 morning. I have taken the liberty of looking at the Big Ten records and using the Big Ten tiebreaker scenarios to see where teams will land. Things will certainly move, but it is still interesting to see as of this moment. Let's take a look.
2015 B1G Tournament Bracket (2/13):
As I mentioned last week and in the intro this week, Wisconsin has taken a dominant stance at the #1 spot. Although they have yet to play the #2 and #3 seeded teams as of yet, when you have a 3 game lead this far into the season, it's hard to project them falling out of that spot now.
In terms of the remaining top seeded teams, it's a really close battle with Maryland, Ohio State, and Purdue all tied for the #2 spot. Due to tiebreaker, the Buckeyes take the #2 spot, but this will certainly be a moving target, especially if these 3 teams keep securing wins. An important game this weekend will be Ohio State at Michigan State, which could potentially change up the #2 through #5 rankings on Saturday.
In the middle group, you are starting to see the Big Ten's NCAA Tournament at-large teams start to separate themselves from the back in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. With Michigan going down to Illinois last night and Nebraska struggling over the weekend, you have a 2 game divide from Iowa to Michigan. Things will move, but it's hard now to see Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa avoiding the first day of the Big Ten Tournament.
At the bottom, there was literally no movement this week outside of Minnesota moving up and taking the #10 seed from Nebraska. The bottom 3 teams are looking more and more like locks for the first day of the Big Ten Tournament.