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 morning of Saturday, February 25, 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 (2/25):
This is the first time I have said this so far this season, but it’s no longer “too early” to get a gauge on the Big Ten Tournament bracket. With a little more than a week of the regular season remaining, this bracket is going to give fans a pretty good idea of where things will land next Sunday evening.
At the top of the bracket, Purdue is in outstanding shape to grab the No. 1 seed in this year’s field. Not only do the Boilermakers hold a one-game lead with three games remaining, but Purdue also has tiebreaker over Wisconsin and Maryland. As such, its lead is really two games right now.
The middle of the bracket does remain razor thin, however. Michigan State, Minnesota, and Northwestern are all tied in the standings, Michigan is just one game back from that group, and Illinois, Nebraska, and Penn State are all tied for those last spots in the single bye games right now. It should be an exciting finish.
At the bottom, it’s still amazing to see Indiana and Ohio State currently slated to play Wednesday games this season. Moreover, it’s incredible to think that the Hoosiers are likely going to end up at 12th or 13th in the conference standings. Woof.