For most teams, the Big Ten regular season is down to just two or three games. There's still plenty on lying on the next week and a half of games, but by now, things are starting to look pretty set in the Big Ten Tournament bracket. Most teams have found their place and are setting up for some intriguing matchups.
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 Friday, February 26, 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 (2/26):
As mentioned, with just a few games left for Big Ten teams, things have settled out pretty significantly. Notably, Purdue has now secured a spot in the middle portion of the bracket and both Minnesota and Rutgers have secured spots in the bottom four in the bracket. Still, there is certainly still plenty of potential for things to move around elsewhere.
At the top of the standings, the Indiana Hoosiers look in great shape to lock up the No. 1 seed in the next week. However, with matchups coming up against the Iowa Hawkeyes and Maryland Terrapins, all three teams will have an opportunity to assert themselves at the top. Additionally, the Michigan State Spartans still have a manageable closing slate and are looking to make a run toward the top.
In the middle, it's largely been a rotating group of Michigan, Ohio State, and Purdue. At this point, the odds are pretty high that those three teams will finish at No. 6, No. 7, and No. 8 in some order. Obviously, it will just depend on the last few games. Additionally, Wisconsin continues its incredible turnaround and is competing for a top four seed.
At the bottom, Minnesota and Rutgers have both locked up bottom four seeds in the Big Ten Tournament. Additionally, Illinois looks like an odds on bet to land at No. 12. However, it is incredible to see Northwestern sitting at the bottom four in the conference considering the team's hot start to the season.
We'll have to see how next week impacts things, but it looks like an exciting race in the Big Ten.