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IU basketball still in contention for a Big Ten Tournament double-bye

(UPDATE:  See the latest scenarios after Thursday’s Big Ten action)

Thanks to wins on Wednesday by Penn State and Ohio State (over Northwestern and Maryland), Indiana is still squarely in contention for a double-bye in the 2023 Big Ten men’s basketball tournament.

Half of the league is now tied in the loss column with eight.  They all trail Michigan, a seven loss team IU has already beat once and plays on Sunday, and Purdue, who has locked up the No. 1 seed.

Although very unlikely, the No. 2 seed is still in play for IU, while there’s better path to the No. 3 or 4 spots (the top four seeds earn the double-byes).

We’ll revisit the scenarios on Friday once every team is down to one game remaining.

But for now, here is the key data you need to know — the current standings, the remaining schedule, and the league’s tiebreaker formula.

(all data via the Big Ten)

STANDINGS THROUGH WEDNESDAY GAMES

SCHOOL CONF. CPCT. OVERALL PCT. PF/PA HOME AWAY NEUT. STREAK
Purdue 13-5 .722 24-5 .828 2129-1805 13-2 7-3 4-0 L1
Michigan 11-7 .611 17-12 .586 2129-1993 12-4 3-5 2-3 W3
Indiana 11-8 .579 20-10 .667 2258-2049 14-2 5-7 1-1 L1
Maryland 11-8 .579 20-10 .667 2128-1895 16-1 2-8 2-1 L1
Northwestern 11-8 .579 20-10 .667 2036-1878 13-5 6-4 1-1 L3
Iowa 11-8 .579 19-11 .633 2421-2227 14-2 4-7 1-2 W2
Illinois 10-8 .556 19-10 .655 2151-1901 14-2 3-6 2-2 L1
Michigan State 10-8 .556 18-11 .621 2035-1943 11-2 4-7 3-2 W1
Rutgers 10-8 .556 18-11 .621 1986-1731 14-4 4-6 0-1 W1
Penn State 9-10 .474 18-12 .600 2178-2049 12-4 4-7 2-1 W1
Wisconsin 8-10 .444 16-12 .571 1824-1783 9-5 4-6 3-1 L1
Nebraska 8-11 .421 15-15 .500 2019-2081 11-4 3-8 1-3 L1
Ohio State 5-14 .263 13-17 .433 2188-2066 10-6 1-9 2-2 W2
Minnesota 1-16 .059 7-20 .259 1675-1912 5-10 1-9 1-1 L12

REMAINING SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 2, 2023 Men’s Basketball
Away Home Time Location Links
7:00 P.M.
Williams Arena  TV: FS1 Stats Radio: KFAN FM 100.3 Video
7:00 P.M.
Champaign, Ill.  TV: ESPN Stats Video
9:00 P.M.
TV: FS1 Stats Radio: Badger Sports Network Audio Video
Saturday, March 4, 2023 Men’s Basketball
Away Home Time Location Links
12:00 P.M.
East Lansing, Mich.  TV: ESPN Stats
Sunday, March 5, 2023 Men’s Basketball
Away Home Time Location Links
12:00 P.M.
University Park, Pa.  TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: Penn State Sports Network Audio Video
12:30 P.M.
West Lafayette, Ind.  TV: FOX Stats Video
2:00 P.M.
Iowa City, IA  TV: BTN Stats Radio: Huskers Radio Network Video
4:30 P.M.
Bloomington, Ind.  TV: CBS Stats Video
7:30 P.M.
Williams Arena  TV: FS1 Stats Radio: KFAN FM 100.3 Audio Video
7:30 P.M.
Piscataway, N.J.  TV: BTN Stats Radio: WGN Radio 720 Video

TIEBREAKER RULES

A. Ties Involving Two Teams:

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

2. Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular-season
standings (or in the case of a tie for the championship, the next highest position in the regular season standings), continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage.

a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s
record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tiebreaking
procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.

b. When comparing records against a single team or a group of teams, the higher winning
percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group
are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0 or 0-0).

3. Won-loss percentage of all Division I opponents.

4. Coin toss conducted by Commissioner or designee.

 

B. Ties Involving more than Two Teams:

1. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.

a. When comparing records against the tied teams, teams will be seeded based on winning
percentage among the group, even if the number of games played against the team or
group are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0 or 0-0). If all
teams among the group are separated based on winning percentage, all ties are broken.
If winning percentage among the group for any tied teams is equal, move to step b with
those specific tied teams only (e.g. if there is a four-team tie, one team is 4-0, another is
3-1 and the last two are 2-2 among the group, the two teams that are 2-2 move to step
b and the teams that are 4-0 and 3-1 assume the next two available highest seeds).
Note: Teams can be separated from the top, middle or bottom.

b. If a team or teams are separated from the group based on step a, seeding for remaining
teams among the group is not determined by head-to-head record vs. the remaining
teams, but rather by taking all remaining teams to next tiebreaker.

2. If the remaining teams are still tied, then each tied team’s record shall be compared to the team
occupying the highest position in the final regular-season standings, continuing down through
the standings until one team gains an advantage.

a. When arriving at another pair of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s
record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to their own tiebreaking
procedures), rather than the performance against the individual tied teams.

b. When comparing records against a single team or group of teams, the higher winning
percentage shall prevail, even if the number of games played against the team or group
are unequal (i.e., 2-0 is better than 3-1, but 2-0 is not better than 1-0 or 0-0).

3. Won-loss percentage of Division I opponents.

4. Coin toss conducted by Commissioner or designee.


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