The Iowa Hawkeyes made a statement on Tuesday night as they marched into Assembly Hall and took care of Indiana without a problem, but that wasn't the game of the day. That took place in Evanston. Thanks to incredible performances from Tre Demps (20 points and two separate game-tying shots) and Alex Olah (25 points and 12 rebounds), Northwestern managed to defeat Michigan in a thrilling double-overtime game. Rutgers also gave No. 10 Maryland a bit of a scare, but the Terps hung on for a 10-point victory.
Current Standings: 3/4/14
|1||No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers||14-2||26-3||@MINN, @OSU|
|2||No. 10 Maryland Terrapins||13-4||25-5||@NEB|
|3||Purdue Boilermakers||11-5||19-10||@MSU, IL|
|5||Michigan State Spartans||10-6||19-10||PU, @IU|
|5||No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes||10-6||21-8||@PSU, WIS|
|8||Illinois Fighting Illini||8-8||18-11||NEB, @PU|
|10||Minnesota Golden Gophers||6-10||17-12||WIS, PSU|
|12||Nebraska Cornhuskers||5-11||13-15||@IL, MD|
|13||Penn State Nittany Lions||3-13||15-14||OSU, @MINN|
|14||Rutgers Scarlet Knights||2-15||10-20||@MICH|
Current Bracket (after 3/3 games):
(Chart from Daniel Borup, @daniel_borup)
Iowa, Purdue, Michigan State, and Ohio State are still battling for the last two double-byes. As of now, the Hawkeyes have the best chance of securing one of those spots (55%), but there's still a long way to go. Keep an eye on Wednesday night's game between the Spartans and Boilermakers because that'll have a pretty big impact on the top of the standings.
With some help from Michigan State, Illinois could still become the No. 7 seed and avoid the dreaded 8/9 game. The Illini need to finish the season 2-0 (wins over Nebraska and Purdue) and the Spartans need to win at Indiana; if that were to happen, Illinois would jump ahead of the Hoosiers in the standings.
The Big Ten Network will be airing a triple-header on Wednesday night. The first game tips off at 5:00pm CT when No. 23 Ohio State travels to Happy Valley to face Penn State; Purdue at Michigan State will follow that contest at 7:00pm CT. Finally, Nebraska will take on Illinois in Champaign for the nightcap at 9:00pm CT.