Down the Stretch They Come: The Road Ahead for the Big Ten Contenders

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Down the Stretch They Come: The Road Ahead for the Big Ten Contenders

Tuesday night was one of the most impactful nights of the season for the Big Ten Conference's regular-season race.

Illinois doing the seemingly impossible and knocking off Wisconsin at the Kohl Center, combined with Purdue surviving a whited-out crowd and furious comeback at Michigan State, tightened what once seemed to be a one-horse race. To boot, Ohio State kept themselves in the race on Wednesday with a dominant win over Indiana.

Michigan State, Ohio State, and Illinois sit tied at 9-3, with Purdue just one-half game behind, and the 8-4 Badgers still lurking, as well.

All five of these teams are likely to be ranked in next week's Top 25, and barring massive collapses, all five should be respectable seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

But how will they stack up when the regular season winds down?

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