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Back to back Final Fours to NIT?
Current Big Ten Standings
Illinois : 9-9
Michigan : 9-9
Michigan State: 9-9
Penn State : 8-9
If Penn State loses to Minnesota
There would be a three way tie between Illinois, Michigan, and Michigan State, the head to heads between the three are Illinois (2-1), Michigan (2-1), Michigan State (1-3). That means Illinois and Michigan would be in the 4-5 game and Michigan State would be seeded sixth and have to play in the opening round game vs. Indiana (who would want to play Indiana in Indianapolis and know a loss could be a severe blow to your NCAA chances?) Penn State would play Iowa. Wisconsin or Purdue await Michigan State and/or Penn State in the second round.
If Penn State beats Minnesota
There would be a four way tie for 9-9 in conference. The head to heads would be Michigan (4-1), Illinois (3-2), Michigan State (2-4), Penn State (2-4). Michigan's sweep of Penn State gives them the 4 seed. Illinois, Michigan State, and Penn State would be next in order with all three 1-1 vs. the other two. After head to head, the next tiebreak would be record against the top seeded team and then each team in descending order. In this scenario, Illinois did not lose to Michigan (PSU and MSU were swept by them) so the Illini would be seeded into the 4-5 game. Penn State would be 6th because they did not lose to Iowa! That's how far it would go down between PSU and MSU.
1st Round Matchups:
No. 6 Michigan State or Penn State vs. No. 11 Indiana (If Penn State beats Minnesota, they are the No. 6 seed, otherwise Michigan State is).
No. 7 Michigan State or Penn State vs. No. 10 Iowa
No. 8 vs. No. 9: Minnesota vs Northwestern (seeding irrelevant except for uniform colors)
2nd Round Matchups:
No. 4 vs. No. 5: Michigan vs. Illinois (seeding irrelevant except for uniform colors)
No. 1 Ohio State vs. Minnesota/Northwestern winner
No. 2 Purdue or Wisconsin vs. No. 7/No. 10 Winner (If Wisconsin beats Ohio State, they are the No. 2 seed, otherwise Purdue is)
No. 3 Purdue or Wisconsin vs. No. 6/No. 11 Winner