Indiana clinches No. 1 seed in Big Ten Tournament


Obviously this news is from a few hours ago, but Michigan State’s win over Wisconsin tonight means that regardless of Sunday’s result, Indiana will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and play its quarterfinal game Friday at noon eastern at the United Center in Chicago against the winner of the game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seed.

By virtue of being 2-0 against Michigan State and the fact that Ohio State and Michigan are both 1-1 against Michigan State, the Hoosiers would own any tiebreaker that would involve the Spartans, and regardless of Sunday’s result, record against Michigan State will effectively be the deciding factor in tiebreakers. Indiana is 1-1 against Ohio State and Michigan and Ohio State are 1-1 against each other, if IU, OSU, Michigan and Michigan State were all tied, IU would have the best record against the group because of its two wins against Michigan State. If MSU would lose its game Sunday, it would still break any ties between IU, Michigan and Ohio State because the next tiebreaker is record against the next highest team outside the first-place tie.

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7 comments:

  • Punjab #1


    Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:54 AM EDT

    Thanks for confirming that, Dustin, and congrats to the Hoosiers. A phenomenal feat in a phenomenal conference.

    Wondering what everybody’s thoughts are as far as the B1G tourney. Clearly, that’ll have to depend on Michigan– which we have a great shot at taking– but do we still have to win the B1G tourney to secure Indy? Might we get it as a #2 seed if, say, Louisville is the last (borderline) #1? Always interesting to look ahead.

    The players need to focus on the games at hand. The fans can still afford to conjecture. I need some Alka Seltzer.

  • Double Down #2


    Friday, March 8, 2013 - 4:11 AM EDT

    They’re cutting the nets down in Cook Hall.

  • Aruss #3


    Friday, March 8, 2013 - 5:15 AM EDT

    2008: 6-25. 1-17. I still remember how painful it was to watch that awful looking basketball. A win Sunday would make the turnaround complete and justify a separate banner.

  • Vito #4


    Friday, March 8, 2013 - 11:42 AM EDT

    Very possible (OSU, Minn, Iowa wins) that Illinois could be in the 8/9 game and Wisconsin in the 4/5 game. That would give IU the opportunity for some payback! But hoping for taking care of business Sunday. Only an outright title is a REAL title.

  • esteroboy #5


    Friday, March 8, 2013 - 3:29 PM EDT

    I am such a fan of IU Basketball 2012-2013.
    But….
    Winning when you can is one thing.
    Winning when you have to is another.

    These guys have always come through…

    I am hopeful.

  • AWinAZ #6


    Friday, March 8, 2013 - 7:17 PM EDT

    After all the hubbub over the celebratory net-cutting, hats, shirts and other hoopla, I’m starting to feel like this team may be getting the chip back it needs. You have to think that they and the administration (including the coaching staff) are tired of hearing the criticism of this premature celebration. And if so, you would have to conclude that they are going to be out to win this game with a purpose in mind….to make that celebration legitimate.

    Contrary to the blog’s hosts and a prior Q&A earlier this week, I can pretty much guarantee you that the players had little to no say in having the net-cutting celebration. Think of it this way……don’t you think Crean himself along with Buckley, Seltzer, etc…. wanted to ‘celebrate’ a sense of accomplishment? Personally, I do. I think it was Crean whose idea it was in the first place and he owns Glass, so the result was foregone. I don’t think the players asked to cut down the nets or objected when it was suggested. The downer is that nobody stepped up (like Hulls & Elston, for example) and said “No, you know what, we want this title to ourselves and we have work left to do.” That is what REAL Senior Leadership would’ve done. Do you think Buckner, Benson, Cheaney, Alford, Nover, Guyton, May, Woodson, Downing, Bailey, Wilkerson, Thomas, Wittman or Kitchell would’ve allowed those nets to be cut down? (let alone RMK)

    Bottom line is this team has been embarrassed and I think that is festering in their craw all week. I haven’t seen a peep out of them this week so I’m pretty sure I’m on to something.

    GO IU NATION….BEAT MICHIGAN and RIGHT THIS SHIP!!! WE haven’t accomplished what WE are capable of yet, and we as fans expect more from Hoosier players and Hoosier Nation!

  • Larry #7


    Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 8:32 PM EDT

    I’m sorry, they should have had that “purpose in mind at Minny, then at home vs OSU. We all have character flaws that at times limit ones success, I’m hoping this is not a character flaw with Crean, closing out championships & titles. There’s a difference in bringing a team back from the pits of h-e-l-l or closing out big games than closing out championships, we’ll see tomorrow!!!

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