We are literally at the final few days of conference play. Every team now has just one game to either determine its seeding for this year's Big Ten Tournament and its postseason potential. Although a bunch of spots are already locked up, there is still some potential to move things around this weekend.
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, March 4, 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 (3/4):
To start, it's worth noting that a group of teams have already locked in spots in this year's Big Ten Tournament. Those teams are Indiana, Minnesota, and Rutgers. Now, a bunch of other teams have locked in a range, but with a total of eight teams still tied with at least one other in the conference standings and the gap from second to seventh at just one game, there's still a ton on the line this week.
As noted, Indiana has now locked up the No. 1 seed. However, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Maryland are all tied for second place with Iowa, Ohio State, and Purdue just a game behind. Considering that all six of these teams have challenging games this weekend, it's anyone's guess how they finish. According to KenPom's odds, the order of teams most likely to win this weekend is: Michigan State, Purdue, Iowa, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Ohio State.
In the middle, there wasn't a ton of movement. As noted, though Iowa, Ohio State, and Purdue are all in that middle group, those teams are definitely in the hunt for double-byes depending on what happens this weekend. Behind them, Michigan is lurking at No. 7 and Northwestern moved up to No. 10 with its win over Penn State.
At the bottom, Minnesota and Rutgers have both locked up the bottom four seeds in the Big Ten Tournament. However, with Penn State's loss to Northwestern, there is a chance that Illinois can move up. Obviously, Nebraska still has an opportunity as well since it's tied with Penn State in the standings.
We'll have to see how next weekend impacts things, but it looks like an exciting race in the Big Ten.