It was a wild week across the conference with plenty of matchups among the top teams and some challenging road trips for some of the Big Ten's better teams. The standings have sorted out quite considerably over the last few days and are starting to take shape.
With that, let's take a look at the Big Ten Tournament bracket.
The concept of the bracket is pretty simple. Each time, BTP will breakdown how the Big Ten Tournament projects as of that moment. For instance, today's bracket will be set as of the night of Sunday, February 14, 2016. 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.
2016 Big Ten Tournament Bracket (2/14):
Though there's still plenty of exciting things to watch in the conference standings over the next few weeks, by now, a few things appear to have sorted out. To start, it looks very likely that the top group is now down to just three teams, that the battle for the No. 4 seed is wide open, and that the bottom two teams have solidified.
At the top of the standings, Iowa moved solely to the No. 1 spot with a win over Minnesota on Sunday night. Behind the Hawkeyes, Indiana and Maryland are tied after both losing over the weekend. Realistically speaking, it would be shocking to see anybody finish at the top outside of these three teams.
However, behind these three is an absolutely battle. Five teams either have four or five losses and the margin is going to remain incredibly thin over the next week or two. Michigan has the slight edge, but Wisconsin is red hot behind the Wolverines and Michigan State has been rising for the last few weeks.
At the bottom, Nebraska and Northwestern held onto the No. 9 and No. 10 seeds. Given the current construction of the Big Ten Tournament bracket, those will be key spots down the line. Of course, Minnesota and Rutgers remained winless in conference play and are almost locked into the last two seeds at this point.
We'll have to see how next week impacts things, but it looks like an exciting race in the Big Ten.