B1G MBB Tourney. What are seeds?

Submitted by James Burrill Angell on March 9th, 2014 at 6:41 PM
Anybody have any idea what the seeds are for the Big Ten hoops tourney? Obviously we know who #1 is. Is it Wisconsin at 2 and Staee at 3? Who got 4 and 5? Just curious who our potential opponents are.



March 9th, 2014 at 6:52 PM ^

At this point, it looks like the fight is between #4 and #5 - basically, if Nebraska wins somehow, they are the #4 with Ohio State as the #5. In the more likely event that Nebraska loses, it will be the other way around with these two teams. Everything else is probably pretty solid at this point. Regardless of the outcome tonight, Wisconsin is the #2, I would think. 


March 9th, 2014 at 6:47 PM ^

Iowa, Wisconsin and Sparty are all on the other side of the bracket as the 2, 3 and 6 seeds. Assuming chalk holds on the first day, we'd play the Hoosiers in our first game and then OSU/Nebraska winner in the semis. At least that's what it looks like to me and I'm okay with this.


March 9th, 2014 at 7:24 PM ^

trouble with indiana's pace and athleticism. I don't like the way we match up with them. That would not be my first choice for our first opponent in the BTT. I am not scared of them, try just irritate me and they seem to shoot to lights out every time they play us, for the last 20 years.

steve sharik

March 9th, 2014 at 7:44 PM ^

They had nothing to gain.  Now Beilein has from now until Friday to prep for them and they've played all their cards in their two games against us.  They're going to have to turn around with little rest, too. 


March 9th, 2014 at 8:34 PM ^

I think Illinois has a good shot at taking down Indiana on Thursday. The Illini have won 4 of their last 5 (can't remember who they lost to, /s) and they have a shutdown zone defense. That 2-3 zone has been a nightmare for Indiana's offense. I'm hopefuly we play the Illini on Friday and then either Nebby or OSU on Saturday, making our chances of making the final pretty dang good. 


March 9th, 2014 at 6:48 PM ^

Wisconsin is now locked into the 2.

I'm curious how the bracket is aligned. I know we play the winner of the 8/9 which I believe is Indiana/Illinois(don't quote me on teams) but how does the rest of the bracket set up? I'd assume we'd play the 4 in the 3rd round(our 2nd game)


March 9th, 2014 at 6:50 PM ^

We're #1

Wisconsin beat State, so they're #2 regardless of tonight's outcome

State is #3

Nebraska is #4 if they beat Wisconsin, #5 if they don't.

Ohio State is #4 if Wisconsin wins tonight, #5 if they don't.

Iowa is #6

When Minnesota finishes winning against Penn State, they're #7

Illinois and Indiana is the 8/9 (go Illini!)

Penn State's #10

Northwestern #11

Purdue #12


March 9th, 2014 at 6:53 PM ^

Only thing to be determined now is who will get the 4th seed and the bye; Nebraska or OSU. Nebraska gets it with a win over Wisconsin and OSU gets it with a Wiscy win.

1. Michigan (15 - 3)

8. Indiana (7 - 11)
9. Illinois (7 - 11)

4. Ohio State (10 - 8) OR Nebraska with win

5. Ohio State (10 - 8) OR Nebraska with loss
12. Purdue (5 - 13)

2. Wisconsin (12 - 6)

7. Minnesota (8 - 10)
10. Penn State (6 - 12)

3. Michigan State (12 - 6)

6. Iowa (9 - 9)
11. Northwestern (6 - 12)


March 9th, 2014 at 6:54 PM ^

While its nice to win a little 3-day tournament (4 for some), I really don't emotionally care about it.  Would rather no one gets burned out or hurt.  If we lost first game, seriously, I'll get over it.  Two or even three game margin in winning the regular season?  Yes, more of that please.  A six-game winning streak starting a week from Thursday or Friday is what's way more important.

Furthermore, THERE IS NO PRACTICAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A 2 AND 3 SEED, PEOPLE.  The 2 plays #15 and #7, while the 3 plays #14 and #6.  HARDLY a big diff between 14/15 and 6/7.  Then, THEY PLAY EACH OTHER in the regional semis (third game) (used to be the third round, but you know, not anymore, because the first round really isn't the first round).

So... color me largely indifferent to all of this.  I'm just so proud of what they accomplished -- massive, really, is what a Premier league announcer would say -- and look forward to the Dance.

snarling wolverine

March 9th, 2014 at 7:29 PM ^

It's true that the difference between a #2 and #3 seed isn't huge, but still, there are small advantages to be gained by being #2.  At each of the first three rounds, you play a team that the committee considers slightly worse than you'd play if you were a #3.  And I'd rather play one of the 9th - 12th best teams in the country in the Sweet 16 instead of one of the 5th - 8th best.



March 9th, 2014 at 10:44 PM ^

Since the tournament went to 64/68:

14-seeds have made the round of 32 twice as often as 15-seeds.

6-seeds have made the round of 16 slightly less than twice as often as 7-seeds.


March 9th, 2014 at 7:01 PM ^

Only thing left is 4 and 5 seed but regardless tht won't affect Michigan. If they want to reach the final they have to get past Illinois/Indiana and then OSU/Purdue/Nebraska in the semis. I think they have a great draw only team that scares me is Indiana


March 9th, 2014 at 7:08 PM ^

Tonight's Neb/Wisc game will determine the 4/5 seeds in the BTT.  If Nebraska wins, they're the 4 and OSU is the 5, and if Nebraska loses that will be reversed.

Full bracket below (this assumes the more likely scenario of Nebraska losing to Wisconsin tonight, swap Nebraska with OSU if Nebraska wins)

Either way, you've to like that bracket.  We have a very good shot of making it to the championship game I would think.


March 9th, 2014 at 7:27 PM ^

A couple weird things about this season:  Iowa is a lock for the Tournament this year, yet finish with pretty much the same record as last year(one more win and one more loss last year, 21-12, 20-11 this year).  They had zero good wins last year versus, well, a couple this year.

We are Wisconsin's only loss from teams within the AP Top-25. they're 7-1, pretty good.

Oh...and Nebraska has a shot to finish FOURTH in the conference.


March 9th, 2014 at 7:13 PM ^

Looking to get some tix off Stubhub. I get that we are game 5, but are we session 3? And does a session ticket get you both games the?


March 9th, 2014 at 7:27 PM ^

Well this was the worst possible scenario for State. Have to play Iowa (if they win) at 9pm, a team that runs like crazy, bad for their already awful conditioning. Then have a quick turn around and play 4pm the next day against Wisconsin. Then if they can somehow get through that, play UM, OSU, or Nebraska, teams that they are 1-4 against this year. 

Boom Goes the …

March 9th, 2014 at 7:52 PM ^

2. Wisconsin (12 - 6)  or 13-5 if they beat Nebraska

3. Michigan State (12 - 6)
4. Nebraska /Ohio State
5. Ohio State (10 - 8) /Nebraska
6. Iowa (9 - 9)
7. Minnesota (8 - 10)
8. Indiana (7 - 11)

9. Illinois (7 - 11)

10. Penn State (6 - 12)

11. Northwestern (6 - 12)

12. Purdue (5 - 13)