Despite loss, Hoosiers still have chance to be Big Ten champs

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I’m working on two hours of sleep after crawling back from Bloomington in a snowstorm. Why a four-wheel drive Jeep drives like crap on snow is beyond me …

Anyway, there’s stories here and here and here (EDIT: and one more for good measure) about last night’s 67-58 Ohio State win that denied IU the chance to clinch the outright Big Ten regular-season title. I mean, IU can still win the outright title with a win Sunday at Michigan, and the winner of the Big Ten Tournament next week is the team that gets the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, so whatever.

Of course, there’s also still the chance of a four-way tie for the regular-season title. IU is 13-4 in the conference and Ohio State is 12-5. Michigan (11-5) plays Purdue tonight and IU, as mentioned, on Sunday. Michigan State and Wisconsin, both 11-5, play each other Thursday night, so the loser of that game is eliminated from the title chase. The Spartans close the season at Northwestern and the Badgers’ finale is at Penn State; both those games are Sunday as well.

Here’s the Big Ten Tournament tiebreaking procedures to determine who gets what seed in the tournament in Chicago. I haven’t figured out all the possible computations because, you know, sleep, but the consensus in the press room last night/this morning in Bloomington was that the Hoosiers will be one of the top 3 seeds regardless. We’ll see. And, again, the whole point is moot if IU wins at Michigan or Michigan loses to Purdue, Ohio State loses to Illinois and the winner of the Michigan State-Wisconsin game then loses on Sunday.

Simple enough, right?

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