As of this weekend, Big Ten regular season play is halfway over. Teams have played a plethora of games, including ones against the top and lower-tiers of the league. Ohio State and Purdue have separated at the top, but it’s hardly over.
As such, here’s a look at the current bracket following Sunday’s results with schedule and TV information included.
(Bracket last updated at 5:02 p.m. on January 21, 2018.)
2018 Big Ten Tournament Bracket:
To start, it bears mentioning how close things are in the standings right now. Not only are there multiple ties in the standings, but a plethora of other teams are just a half game apart right now. Any result could really shake up the standings. And don’t expect this to change quickly, either. The standings will be close all season.
At the top, Ohio State currently sits at the one seed due to a tiebreaker advantage over Purdue. Considering that both the Buckeyes and Boilermakers are favored in their respective matchups this week, don’t expect that to change in the coming days.
The battle beneath the top two remains interesting as well. The Spartans are currently ahead of Michigan, but have played two fewer games right now. Michigan is also in a fierce battle for the fourth spot, as Nebraska and Indiana both have three losses as well this week. With some big matchups for the Huskers and Hoosiers coming, expect that situation to sort out a bit more by week’s end.
The middle also remains extremely tight. Maryland sits at seventh with a 4-4 record and Minnesota sits at 11th with a 3-6 record. More simply put, the divide is minuscule between these teams right now. The good news is that many of thee teams face quality opponents this week, so things should shake up quickly.
Finally, the bottom is anyone’s game right now. Minnesota sits at 11th, but is barely behind the 10th spot and Illinois, Iowa, and Rutgers are all within two games of each other. How those teams play against each other will tell a lot.