Rutgers entered the final day of the regular season with a chance at history. The Scarlet Knights needed a victory and losses from Ohio State and Iowa to clinch the fourth seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament. That is exactly what happened.
For the first time since joining the conference, Rutgers will enjoy a double-bye in the conference tournament. The Scarlet Knights survived with a one-point win against Penn State on Sunday afternoon. This gave Rutgers 12 wins in Big Ten play, which is the most in program history.
Ohio State fell to Michigan and Illinois was able to defeat Iowa in the final game of the regular season.
Rutgers was not the only team with something to play for. Wisconsin needed a victory on its home floor against Nebraska to clinch the Big Ten regular season title but suffered a massive upset. This left the door open for the Illini to share the honor and thanks to a tiebreaker, Illinois will be the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament.
The regular season action has now been complete and let’s take a look at the complete bracket and schedule for the Big Ten Tournament.
Records indicate that of conference play.
- Illinois: 15-5
- Wisconsin: 15-5
- Purdue: 14-6
- Rutgers: 12-8
- Iowa: 12-8
- Ohio State: 12-8
- Michigan State: 11-9
- Michigan: 11-9
- Indiana: 9-11
- Maryland: 7-13
- Penn State: 7-13
- Northwestern: 6-13
- Nebraska: 4-16
- Minnesota: 4-16
Big Ten Tournament Schedule
Wednesday - First Round
Game 1: No. 12 Northwestern vs. No. 13 Nebraska, 6 P.M., BTN
Game 2: No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 14 Minnesota, 8:30 P.M., BTN
Thursday - Second Round
Game 3: No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Indiana, 11:30 A.M., BTN
Game 4: No. 5 Iowa vs. Game 1 winner, 25 min. after Game 3, BTN
Game 5: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Maryland, 6:30 P.M., BTN
Game 6: No. 6 Ohio State vs. Game 2 winner, 25 min. after Game 5, BTN
Friday - Quarterfinals
Game 7: No. 1 Illinois vs. Game 3 winner, 11:30 A.M., BTN
Game 8: No. 4 Rutgers vs. Game 4 winner, 25 min. after Game 7, BTN
Game 9: No. 2 Wisconsin vs. Game 5 winner, 6:30 P.M., BTN
Game 10: No. 3 Purdue vs. Game 6 winner, 25 min. after Game 9, BTN
Saturday - Semifinals
Game 11: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 1 P.M., CBS
Game 12: Game 9 winner vs. Game 10 winner, 3:30 P.M., CBS