As the month of February begins, some Big Ten college basketball teams are looking at the final third of their season and are thinking about where they might be playing once the season ends.
The general rule of thumb for Big Ten teams to make it to the NCAA tournament is 20 wins although occasionally 19 wins is good enough, as Wisconsin demonstrated last season.
Some Big Ten teams have worked hard during the season and are already making NCAA tournament season plans with thoughts of spending Apr. 3-5 in Indianapolis at the Final Four in lovely Lucas Oil Stadium.
A few Big Ten teams, however, have gaps in their basketball resume and will need a little extra credit to get to 20 wins and an invitation to the Big Dance.
If those teams on the bubble are not able to secure a big win down the stretch, they will begin making plans to spend the end of March in New York City to play in the NIT tournament in Madison Square Garden.
Unfortunately, there are a few teams in the conference who know that it is too late to turn around their fortunes. There will be no reprieve as they will not be playing anywhere in the postseason. The best these teams can do is to spoil the fun for other teams who have postseason aspirations.
A look at the prospects of each team in the Big Ten to see some postseason action either in the NCAA, NIT or on the couch at home.