Ohio State Basketball: Big Ten Clinching Scenarios

Ohio State Basketball: Big Ten Clinching Scenarios

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Ohio State Basketball: Big Ten Clinching Scenarios


We are down to the last weekend of the regular season, and there’s still scenarios out there for Ohio State’s finish in the Big Ten. We go through what can happen over the next three days heading up to the Big Ten Tournament.


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Illinois gave Purdue a fight, but in the end the Boilermakers won to keep pace with Ohio State and remain tied for second place in the league. So, now we are down to one game for the top three contenders, and the Big Ten regular season title is still available.

Here’s the different scenarios for OSU finishing in first place, second place, and yes, third place.

One thing to keep in mind is that Ohio State is locked in as a top three seed for the Big Ten Tournament. That means it’ll get a double-bye no matter what. It won’t play until the third day on Friday, March 2.

Before we get started, let’s look at the Big Ten Standings and games remaining of the three teams still vying for that top seed.

Michigan State (15-2) @ Wisconsin – Sunday, 1PM
Ohio State (14-3) @ Indiana – Friday 8PM
Purdue (14-3) HOME vs Minnesota – Sunday 4PM

The Scenarios

Share Of First Place

Michigan State has already clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title. That means the best the Buckeyes can do is to share it with the Spartans.

What Must Happen

Ohio State has to beat Indiana, and hope that Michigan State loses at Wisconsin. Purdue could also win and create a tie for first place, or it could lose and the Spartans and Buckeyes would tie.

What It Means

The Buckeyes would finish in a tie for the regular season title with Michigan State, or with both Michigan State and Purdue, but would be the No. 1 seed either way in the Big Ten Tournament because it beat the Spartans and Purdue head-to-head the one time they played each.

First Big Ten Tournament Game – Friday, March 2 @ Noon

Second place tie

Purdue and Ohio State are currently tied for second place. That could still stay the same after the games this weekend.

What Must Happen

Either all three win, all three lose, or Michigan State wins and both Ohio State and Purdue lose.

What It Means

A tie with Purdue for second place would mean the Buckeyes obviously wouldn’t get a share of a league championship, but they would enter the Big Ten tournament as the No. 2 seed because they beat Purdue head-to-head the one time the two played.

First Big Ten Tournament Game – Friday, March 2 @ 6:30 PM Eastern

Second place outright

Ohio State doesn’t have to share second place. It could finish in second outright if things break correctly.

What Must Happen

All three of the following must happen: Michigan State beats Wisconsin, Ohio State beats Indiana, and Purdue loses to Minnesota at home.

What It Means

The Buckeyes would finish in second place all alone, and would be the No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Tournament.

First Big Ten Tournament Game – Friday, March 2 @ 6:30 PM Eastern

Third place outright

Yes, there is still a scenario where Ohio State could drop down to third place alone and disappointed.

What Must Happen

Ohio State cannot share third place. If it gets third place, it means that Purdue beat Minnesota and OSU lost to Indiana. From there, Michigan State’s result in Madison merely decides whether it shares the title with Purdue or not.

What It Means

Ohio State’s third place finish would mean it would enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 3 seed.

First Big Ten Tournament Game – Friday, March 2 @ Approx. 9 PM Eastern (25 minutes following the 6:30 PM game prior)

 

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