I don't know about you, but I'm still buzzing from this week of college basketball. Looking at the B1G standings and what that means for the BTT, if the season ended today (not assuming that it will, just looking at the standings today), the best team that M would have to beat is either Nebraska or Ohio St, whoever you think is better at this point. The first time we could see Wisconsin, MSU, or Iowa would be in the championship game. Our side of the BTT bracket woud look like this:
Round 1 (M bye):
#8 Indiana vs. #9 Illinois
#5 Ohio St vs. #12 NW
#1 M vs. Winner of 8/9
#4 Nebraska (!) vs. Winner of 5/12
*By the way, M has potentially wrapped up the #1 seed overall, depending on how the BTT evaluates a record of 2-0 vs. a record of 1-0 (see below). How?
- If M, MSU, and Wisconsin all tie, M has the best winning % against the other two (3-1, vs. Wisconsin's 2-1).
- If M and MSU tie, well, we win that tiebreaker obviously.
- If M and Wisconsin tie, you look at records against common conference opponent by ranking. M went 2-0 head-to-head against MSU, and even if Wisconsin and M finish both at 13-5, going down the tie-breaker list M is 2-0 against MSU and Wisconsin is only 1-0.
- If that isn't far enough (if 2-0 and 1-0 are considered the same, since neither has a loss), M is 1-0 against Ohio St and Wisconsin is 0-1; M is 2-0 against Nebraska and Wisconsin plays them to end the season; M is 1-1 against Iowa and Wisconsin is 2-0.
- I guess, then, if the tie-breaker only applies to losses (i.e. 2-0 and 1-0 count as the same thing), and if M loses the next two, Wisconsin wins the next two, and Iowa finishes ahead of Ohio St, then perhaps we lose the tie-breaker. But that is the only scenario I can come up with where that happens.