Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Updated Big Ten Tournament Seeding Predictions

I'm fuming right now.  Fucking Hoosiers.  All they had to do was beat Ohio State on fucking Senior Night to clinch their first outright Big Ten title since 1993.  Instead, they shit the bed and have put themselves in a position where they will have to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor (who is a whore, mind you) on Sunday to claim that outright title they have been chasing since Calbert Cheaney was around.  While Tom Crean has been doing a great job of getting the team up for big games (other than tonight), I would have preferred to put the issue to bed tonight.

Here are the current standings, with the conference record, each team's remaining games, and my predictions:

1.  Indiana (13-4):  at Michigan (L)
2.  Ohio State (12-5):  Illinois (W)
3 (tie).  Michigan (11-5):  at Purdue (W), IU (W)
3 (tie).  Michigan State (11-5):  Wisconsin (W), NW (W)
3 (tie).  Wisconsin (11-5):  at MSU (L), at PSU (W)
6.  Minnesota (8-8):  at Nebraska (W), at Purdue (W)
7 (tie).  Illinois (8-9):  at OSU (L)
7 (tie).  Iowa (8-9):  Nebraska (W)
9.  Purdue (7-9):  Michigan (L), Minnesota (L)
10 (tie).  Northwestern (4-12):  PSU (W), at MSU (L)
10 (tie).  Nebraska (4-12):  Minnesota (L), at Iowa (L)
12.  Penn State (1-15):  at NW (L), Wisconsin (L)

Given my predictions and Big Ten tiebreaking rules, here is how the Big Ten Tournament seeds should fall into place and how the Big Ten Tournament will play out (all times are Central):

1.  Indiana (13-5) (would get the #1 seed based on 4-2 record vs. Michigan, OSU, and MSU)
2.  Ohio State (13-5) (would have tiebreaker over Michigan even though both teams have 3-3 record vs. other 3 tied teams based on better record vs. Wisconsin)
3.  Michigan (13-5)
4.  Michigan State (13-5) (would get the #4 seed based on 2-4 record vs. IU, Michigan, and OSU)
5.  Wisconsin (12-6)
6.  Minnesota (10-8)
7.  Iowa (9-9)
8.  Illinois (8-10)
9.  Purdue (7-11)
10.  Northwestern (5-13)
11.  Nebraska (4-14)
12.  Penn State (1-17)

Thursday, March 14, 2013
(8) Illinois vs. (9) Purdue (11 a.m., BTN).  Projected winner:  Illinois
(5) Ohio State vs. (12) Penn State (1:30 p.m., BTN).  Projected winner:  Ohio State
(7) Iowa vs. (10) Northwestern (5:30 p.m., ESPN2).  Projected winner:  Iowa
(6) Minnesota vs. (11) Nebraska (8 p.m., ESPN2).  Projected winner:  Minnesota

Friday, March 15, 2013
(1) IU vs. (8) Illinois (11 a.m., ESPN).  Projected winner:  IU
(4) Michigan State vs. (5) Wisconsin (1:30 p.m., ESPN).  Projected winner:  Michigan State
(2) Ohio State vs. (7) Iowa (5:30 p.m., BTN).  Projected winner:  Ohio State
(3) Michigan vs. (6) Minnesota (8 p.m., BTN).  Projected winner:  Michigan

Saturday, March 16, 2013
(1) IU vs. (4) Michigan State (12:40 p.m., CBS).  Projected winner:  IU
(2) Ohio State vs. (3) Michigan (3 p.m., CBS).  Projected winner:  Michigan

Sunday, March 17, 2013
(1) IU vs. (3) Michigan (2:30 p.m., CBS).  Projected winner:  IU

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