The Big Ten has operated more like the wild west than a major basketball conference this season, but it’s led to some intriguing and exciting results. It should also set things up nicely for the Big Ten Tournament, especially considering how unpredictable play has been for the league’s top teams.
In light of 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 evening of Sunday, February 19, 2017. I have taken the liberty of looking at the Big Ten records and using the Big Ten tiebreaker scenarios to see where teams land. Things will certainly move, but it’s interesting to see as of this moment.
2017 Big Ten Tournament Bracket (2/19):
To start, it's worth noting that this projection is still early with a capital e. Even a single game can drastically change the bracket’s outlook and with so many important ones over the coming days, expect things to look much different in the near future. However, as mentioned above, it’s still fun to see how things look now.
At the top of the bracket, things grew insanely tight after Wisconsin’s back-to-back losses to Northwestern and Michigan. However, with Wisconsin’s win over Maryland on Sunday, it now looks like a two-way race between Purdue and Wisconsin. It will be interesting to see if the Terps can come back and make some noise.
The middle of the bracket is also close. Michigan State and Minnesota are tied and Iowa, Nebraska, and Penn State are also tied. Essentially, any result between those teams could drastically shift where things sit in that area.
At the bottom, it’s amazing to see a team as talented as Indiana currently scheduled to play on Wednesday of this year’s Big Ten Tournament. There’s still time to turn things around in Bloomington, but things aren’t looking good right now.