Michigan regains control of its own Big Ten destiny thanks to Indiana loss
The Wolverines are still a long way from being out of the woods, but at least now there's a path.
Thanks to Minnesota's upset of No. 1 Indiana on Tuesday night, No. 4 Michigan (23-4, 10-4) is now in control of its own destiny for a share of the Big Ten regular season championship.
Michigan has four games remaining on its schedule, beginning at Penn State on Wednesday (6:30 p.m., Big Ten Network).
From there, the Wolverines host No. 9 Michigan State (22-6, 11-4) on Sunday before visiting Purdue (13-14, 6-8) on March 6. Michigan will then conclude the regular season at home against the Hoosiers (24-4, 12-3).
Win all those games, and Michigan will earn at least a share of the Big Ten championship for a second consecutive season. The Wolverines don't need any help from anyone else, they just need to win.
A look at the remaining games for the other Big Ten title contenders:
• Indiana: vs. Iowa (Sunday), vs No. 16 Ohio State (March 5), at No. 4 Michigan (March 10).
• Michigan State: at No. 4 Michigan (Sunday), vs. No. 17 Wisconsin (March 7), vs. Northwestern (March 10).
• Wisconsin: vs. Purdue (Sunday), at No. 9 Michigan State (March 7), at Penn State (March 10).
As far as Big Ten Tournament seeding is concerned, the Wolverines are currently in position to be a No. 4 seed for the event, which begins in Chicago on March 14. Michigan, at moment, is behind Michigan State and Wisconsin due to head-to-head tiebreakers.
The top four seeds receive a first-round bye.
A few Big Ten Tournament tiebreaking procedures, from the league office.
In the event of a two-team tie, the higher seed is determined as follows: A) head-to-head results, B) each team's record against the team holding the top overall spot in the standings, and then continuing down the standings until the tie is broken.
In the event of a multiple-team tie: A) results of head-to-head competition, giving preference to the team with the highest win percentage among the group, B) results of each team's record against the team atop the final standings, giving the edge to the team with the highest winning percentage, C) Win-loss percentage vs. Division I opponents, D) Coin toss conducted by the league commissioner or a designee.
Current Big Ten standings:
1. Indiana (24-4, 12-3)
2. Michigan State (22-6, 11-4)
3. Wisconsin (20-8, 11-4)
4. Michigan (23-4, 10-4)
5. Ohio State (20-7, 10-5)
6. Illinois (20-9, 7-8)
6. Minnesota (19-9, 7-8)
8. Iowa (17-10, 6-8)
8. Purdue (13-14, 6-8)
10. Nebraska (13-15, 4-11)
10. Northwestern (13-15, 4-11)
12. Penn State (8-18, 0-14)
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