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Big Ten Tournament Bracketology: 3/4/15

Here's what the Big Ten Tournament bracket looks like in advance of Wednesday night's games.

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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

Conference Overall Remaining Games
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
4 Iowa Hawkeyes 11-6 20-10 NW
5 Michigan State Spartans 10-6 19-10 PU, @IU
5 No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes 10-6 21-8 @PSU, WIS
7 Indiana Hoosiers 9-8 19-11 MSU
8 Illinois Fighting Illini 8-8 18-11 NEB, @PU
9 Michigan Wolverines 7-10 14-15 RUT
10 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6-10 17-12 WIS, PSU
11 Northwestern Wildcats 6-11 15-15 @IOWA
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):

Seed Possibilities:

(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.


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