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Indiana, the nation’s top team in the nation’s top conference, controls its own destiny for the No. 1 overall seed after an impressive victory at East Lansing.
What’s more, the rest of the country outside of Big Ten territory is finally starting to recognize the greatness that is Victor Oladipo.
Controlling your own destiny is easier said than done though in this treacherous conference—just ask Michigan State. The Spartans failed to defend home court against the Hoosiers and lost at Ohio State and now find themselves in the thick of a battle for the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament.
Michigan and Wisconsin, who beat Illinois and Northwestern respectively this week, figure to be the teams MSU competes with for that second seed. However, the Buckeyes temporarily threw their name back in the race with a dominating victory over Minnesota and a much-needed win over a fourth ranked Spartan squad.
That loss in Columbus marked the fourth loss in five tries for the Gophers and dropped their record to 3-8 in the past 11 games. Tubby Smith’s team is still benefiting from a lofty RPI ranking and strength of schedule metrics, but a three game stretch to end the season against Penn State, Nebraska and Purdue will prove more critical than once thought.
Elsewhere, Illinois lost its five game winning streak to the Wolverines and Iowa is officially eliminated from bubble talk after a shocking loss to Nebraska.