Iowa Earns #2 Seed In Big Ten Tournament

By RossWB on February 27, 2022 at 8:53 pm
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The 2021-22 Big Ten regular season is in the books -- did you hear that the Hawkeyes are YOUR 2021-22 BIG TEN CHAMPIONS? -- but the conference tournament looms next, in Indianapolis this weekend. The seeds are locked now and the bracket is finalized: 

Big Ten Tournament bracket

Iowa and Ohio State were regular season co-champions of the Big Ten, but the Buckeyes earn the tiebreaker and the #1 seed by virtue of their 92-88 win over Iowa earlier in the season. That puts Iowa in the #2 seed position. Michigan would have been the #1 seed if they had won earlier today, but fell to the #3 seed after their loss to Iowa. Maryland rounds out the double-bye teams as the #4 seed. 

The other teams on Iowa's side of the bracket are Nebraska (#6 seed), Northwestern (#7 seed), Minnesota (#10 seed), Wisconsin (#11 seed), and Illinois (#14 seed). I think we can safely rule out any potential rematches with Illinois or Wisconsin for Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament; those teams are pretty terrible and facing Iowa would require them to win three games (including one over Michigan) -- not very likely. Iowa will play the winner of the #7/#10 second round game (Northwestern-Minnesota). Northwestern would be a pretty challenging opponent for Iowa to draw in the quarters; their defense has given Iowa (and Caitlin Clark in particular) fits over the last two seasons and they split the season series with Iowa at a game apiece (they won in Iowa City, while Iowa used a furious comeback to beat them in OT in Evanston). 

Regardless, Iowa will play the 7/10 winner on Friday, March 4 at 5:30 PM CT on BTN. If they win that game, they'll face Michigan/Nebraska/Illinois/Wisconsin (spoiler: almost certainly Michigan) on Saturday, March 5 at 5 PM CT on BTN. 

One Big Ten championship was nice, but two Big Ten titles would be even sweeter. We'll see how Iowa does on their quest to add a tournament title to their regular season title starting at 5:30 PM CT on Friday. 

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