Today we take a look at the BIG 10.
There are currently four BIG 10 teams in our bracket.
Purdue 1 seed
Michigan St 5 seed
Ohio St 5 seed
Michigan 9 seed
Three other teams are in consideration
This is looking like a four bid conference at this point.
Purdue- outstanding resume with 8-2 in tier 1 & 2 tiers and no bad losses. Lock for tournament but must fight off several teams to hold onto the 1 seed. The issue for Purdue is lack of quality opponents remaining on the schedule. They could win a lot and still get passed up. One loss to a sub 100 RPI team and they could lose the 1 seed.
Michigan St- A better team on the court than with their resume. The Spartans sit at 5-3 in good wins with only 1 tier 1 win. We believe that their reputation is keeping them on the 5 line. Their resume may actually be that of a 7 seed and Non-conference SOS at 179 doesn't help. They have the same problems as Purdue in improving their resume. Highly likely tournament team unless a free fall happens.
Ohio St- Interesting resume. The Buckeyes are 8-4 in good wins but also only have 1 tier 1 win. Thanks BIG 10, but opportunities to add to that number are slim. They have strong SOS numbers and at 17-4 are our last 5 seed. They like MSU may have a resume more fit for a 7 seed. We believe that Ohio St barring a big losing streak will make the tourney
Michigan- 4-5 in top wins with a horrible non-conference SOS of 210 is keeping the Wolverines from a higher seed. They must find some wins down the road to maintain this position. They have only 4 games remaining against top 100 teams. Michigan is on the bubble.
Bubble Teams out of bracket:
Maryland- 1-6 in Tier 1 wins no bad losses. Weak non-conference schedule of 182 keeps them out of tourney as of now. Road wins and winning a few of the four remaining top 100 games is a must
Nebraska- 3-7 in top wins with 0 tier 1 wins. Non conference SOS of 241. An almost must win for the Cornhuskers on road vs Ohio St on Jan 22. Long shot to make tourney
Minnesota- 3-7 in top wins with 2 tier 1 wins. Non conference SOS at 169. With only three top 100 wins left, the Gophers are a long shot to make the tourney
The BIG 10 bubble teams must get to 20 wins but also add a few quality wins in order to get in. We believe Maryland, Minnesota and Nebraska in that order. We predict only 4 BIG 10 teams to make the tourney. Five at most. Tough year for this conference.