Tomorrow will mark the last weekend of regular season Big Ten play, and considering there's only six games left, there's still way too many scenarios to try and comprehend. But that's why I'm here with my handy-dandy scenario grid! The somewhat-confusing graph below shows every single outcome that could possibly happen in the next two days' worth of games, and quite frankly it is looking grim for the Illini.
There is only one remaining scenario out of 24 in which Illinois could grab a sixth seed (Purdue, Nebraska, and the Illini all need to win). There are instead six scenarios where Illinois could land a seven or eight seed. It'll take a lot of good luck and good play for a dreams of a sixth seed to become reality, but it's not impossible:
As for the top half of the Big Ten, there are even more possible outcomes. Michigan State has already beaten Wisconsin, so the first column's result has already been determined. It might be easy to look at games like Penn State-Wisconsin and Northwestern-Michigan State and assume which team is going to win, but as we've seen before this year in the Big Ten, anything (and I mean anything) is possible. The breakdown below:
Another interesting thing to note is that both games the Illini will be watching closely (Purdue-Minnesota, Iowa-Nebraska) are on Saturday, and the Illinois-Ohio State game is on Sunday. So we will virtually know where the Illini will be headed before the game even tips off. In other words, the team will know what they have to do to get a 6th or 7th seed before our game even starts. Below is the bracket of the tournament if it started RIGHT THIS MOMENT!
How do you think the Illini will finish?