Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Who Needs To Win To Make the Big Dance?

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Big Ten Basketball Tournament: Who Needs To Win To Make the Big Dance?
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JaJuan Johnson can see the NCAA Tournament in his future

The Big Ten men's basketball tournament, played at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, gets started this Thursday at 2:30 p.m. when Northwestern takes on Minnesota.  The winner of the Big Ten tournament secures an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Everyone basketball fan knows going into the Big Ten tournament that Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin are all going to receive an invitation to the NCAA tournament regardless of what they do this week.

Ohio State and Purdue, with a strong showing in the Big Ten tournament, can secure a No. 1 seed.  While a No. 1 seed is likely out of the reach of the Badgers, Wisconsin could likely secure a No. 2 seed with a conference championship. 

Of course, the more difficult questions are how many more Big Ten teams will secure an NCAA tournament bid after the Big Ten championship game is played on Sunday, and how many games do those Big Ten squads on the NCAA bubble need to win to make it to the Big Dance?

Below, a quick look at what the Big Ten bubble teams need to do to get into the NCAA tournament.

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