Although the top of the Big 10 standings is simple to decipher, the jumble in the middle is a different story.
If Wisconsin wins one of their final two games against Minnesota or Ohio State, they will win the outright Big 10 regular season championship. Maryland can be co-champions with a win in their last game with the two Wisconsin losses.
Purdue, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan State sit in positions three through six and are all within one game of each other. We’re not going to sit here and map out every scenario, but the matchups for the Big 10 conference tournament are not ready to be etched in stone quite yet. There’s plenty of basketball and positioning to be figured out before then.
With conference play almost under wraps, Penn State’s D.J. Newbill leads the conference in scoring (20.4 ppg), with freshman D’Angelo Russell closely behind at 19.0 ppg. Michigan State’s Branden Dawson leads the conference in rebounds per game (9.6) and Shannon Scott from Ohio State has a slight lead above Michigan State’s Travis Trice for the assists per game lead.
The most important individual award in the country may be going to Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky. Kaminsky is in the mix for the award with Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.
The Big 10 still has plenty of action remaining, and RazorGator.com has Big 10 ticket information for the most expensive games remaining on the schedule.
3/7/2015 | Indiana Hoosiers vs. Michigan State Spartans | Assembly Hall | Avg: $300.25 | Get-in: $132
Assembly Hall will be filled to capacity, as they need a win to keep their NCAA Tournament at-large bid hopes alive. It’s turbulent times in Bloomington, as Tom Crean and his job may have very different futures depending on the result of Saturday’s game. Michigan State finds itself not winning as often as previous years, but Tom Izzo knows how to coach a team, and you can bet the Spartans will be playing their basketball as they head into the Big 10 conference tournament. Hoosiers tickets on Razorgator reflect the importance of this game.
3/7/2015 | Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Northwestern Wildcats | Carver Hawkeye Arena | Avg: $176 | Get-in: $135
After struggling in the early months of the New Year, Iowa has ripped off five straight victories and find themselves playing for the third spot in the conference standings. Northwestern won’t be playing in the NCAA Tournament, but have won five of their last six games including wins against Iowa, Indiana and Michigan. The Wildcats are a tougher out than they were in the beginning of the season.
3/7/2015 | Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini | Mackey Arena | Avg: $124.81 | Get-in: $103
Purdue is third in the Big 10 standings and will be a tough out for anyone they face in the NCAA Tournament. They have two high quality pieces in A.J. Hammons and Jon Octeus. Purdue has a 1-2 punch that cannot be matched by many teams. Illinois is fighting for their postseason lives, as they are one of the teams on the bubble for an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament.
There is some high-quality Big 10 basketball on the horizon. They have multiple teams that have a good chance at making a deep run in the NCAA Tournament. The conference tournament should carry plenty of drama after the regular season finishes up, and Big Ten Tournament tickets reflect that intensity.