Last week was a crazy one for the league. Several of the conference’s best teams matched up and a few others got upset. There’s a little more than a week left remaining in the regular season and things are just starting to heat up.
As such, here’s a look at the current bracket following Friday’s results with schedule and TV information included.
(Bracket last updated at 7:30 a.m. on February 17, 2018.)
2018 Big Ten Tournament Bracket:
To start, It’s always important to note how close things are in the standings right now. The top three teams are separated by one game and four through six are separated by two games. Simply put, every result for the top six teams will have huge implications on how the Big Ten Tournament bracket looks right now.
Moving on, perhaps one of the most notable things on this bracket is where Purdue sits after a frustrating wee and a half of play. The Boilermakers were in position to grab the one seed, but now find themselves at the three seed with the potential of a really tough first matchup. Penn State is surging and few teams will want to face them right now.
It’s also interesting to see how challenging things are on the bottom half of the bracket. Statistically speaking, Michigan State and Purdue are the best teams in the league and Indiana and Penn State are two teams who have been playing really good basketball over the last few weeks. Getting out of that group looks like a mess right now.
The battle at the bottom also remains intense. Wisconsin’s win over Purdue earlier this week gave the Badgers some breathing room, but it wouldn’t be that hard to see one Iowa, Minnesota, or Rutgers making a run. At this point, Illinois should expect to be playing on Wednesday in Madison Square Garden.