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Big Ten Tournament Bracketology: 3/5/15

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Here's what the current Big Ten Tournament bracket and seeding possibilities look like in advance of Wisconsin's game at Minnesota.

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The Big Ten triple-header kicked off in Happy Valley last night as D'Angelo Russell (28 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists) led No. 23 Ohio State to a 77-67 victory over Penn State. Next up, Michigan State defeated Purdue thanks to a monster 27-point night from Travis Trice; there is some cause for concern amongst Spartan fans, though, as Branden Dawson took a shot to the head and was only limited to nine minutes. Finally, Nebraska traveled to the State Farm Center to face Illinois on senior night; the Illini won 69-57 which sets up a monumental game against Purdue on Saturday--it could very well be a play-in game for the NCAA Tournament.

Current Standings (3/5/15):

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

Michigan State Spartans

11-6

20-10

@IU

3

Iowa Hawkeyes

11-6

20-10

NW

3

Purdue Boilermakers

11-6

19-11

IL

3

No. 23 Ohio State Buckeyes

11-6

22-8

WIS

7

Indiana Hoosiers

9-8

19-11

MSU

7

Illinois Fighting Illini

9-8

19-11

@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

5-12

13-16

MD

13

Penn State Nittany Lions

3-14

15-15

@MINN

14

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

2-15

10-20

@MICH

Current Bracket (after 3/4 games):

Seed Possibilities:

(Chart from Daniel Borup, @daniel_borup)

Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State continue to battle for a double-byes in the bracket. The Spartans and Hawkeyes currently have the best odds, but a lot can still happen in this week of league play.

The Fighting Illini are still alive for the No. 7 seed thanks to their win over Nebraska on Wednesday night. In order for Illinois to jump up from the No. 8 slot, they'll need to win at Purdue on Saturday and Michigan State needs to win at Indiana.

Thursday night features only one contest in Big Ten country as No. 6 Wisconsin will travel to Minnesota; that game will tip off 6:00pm CT on ESPN.

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