It’s that time of year again for me, one of my favorite times, when bracket talk gets more real…and I can once again turn to one of my favorite website finds in all of my career, www.bballnothing/net.
These folks have the remaining Big Ten schedule listed out and you can make predictions on the rest of the Big Ten schedule and it will produce final standings, with tiebreakers figured out and create a bracket for you.
So here is this year’s first stab and the exercise. First, here is how I see the rest of the Big Ten schedule playing out for everyone. Home team is listed first, and team in red is who I see winning the games:
As you can see, I have Iowa beating Nebraska and Northwestern, but losing at Michigan and at Illinois. Here is how the final standings would look if all of that played out perfectly, which it won’t, but my fan hope is that Iowa can get that 6-seed….and I think they have put themselves in a very good position to get that seed after winning two of their last three and with what Michigan and Michigan State have remaining on their schedules. Note that I do have Rutgers beating Michigan in Ann Arbor tonight, which if that does not happen, could cause a problem.
1. Purdue (16 – 4) Defeated Illinois based on head-to-head record (2-0).
2. Illinois (16 – 4) Lost to Purdue based on head-to-head record (0-2).
3. Wisconsin (14 – 6) Defeated Ohio St based on winning percentage against #1 teams [Illinois and Purdue] (1-2).
4. Ohio St (14 – 6) Lost to Wisconsin based on winning percentage against #1 teams [Illinois and Purdue] (0-2).
5. Rutgers (13 – 7)
6. Iowa (11 – 9)
7. Michigan (10 – 10) With Mich St, defeated Indiana based on round-robin record (2-1). Defeated Mich St based on winning percentage against #1 teams [Illinois and Purdue] (1-3).
8. Mich St (10 – 10) With Michigan, defeated Indiana based on round-robin record (2-1). Lost to Michigan based on winning percentage against #1 teams [Illinois and Purdue] (0-3).
9. Indiana (10 – 10) Lost to Michigan and Mich St based on round-robin record (0-2).
10. Penn St (8 – 12)
11. N’western (7 – 13)
12. Maryland (6 – 14)
13. Minnesota (4 – 16)
14. Nebraska (1 – 19)
This is what that bracket would look like: