CHAMPAIGN - With two games remaining, Illinois could still earn as high as the No. 10 seed in next week's Big Ten Tournament or as low as the No. 12 seed.
Even if Illinois (13-16, 5-11 Big Ten) wins both of its remaining games, it cannot pass up both Nebraska (6-11 Big Ten) and Northwestern (6-10 Big Ten) because the two play each other on Sunday and both have the tiebreaker over Illinois (after each beat Illinois in its only head-to-head matchup against the Illini). Illinois also is guaranteed to finish ahead of Minnesota (2-15 Big Ten) and Rutgers (0-17 Big Ten), which are locked into the Nos. 13 and 14 seeds, respectively.
Disclaimer: These possibilities were not released by the Big Ten but are based on the Big Ten seeding rules.
If Illini lose at No. 14 Maryland on Thursday...
- The No. 10 seed is out of play for Illinois
- The Illini are the No. 11 seed if Penn State loses to Northwestern AND Illinois wins at Penn State on Sunday
- The Illini are the 12 seed if Penn State wins at Northwestern
If Illini win at No. 14 Maryland on Thursday...
- The Illini are the 10 seed if they beat Penn State on Sunday AND Northwestern loses to both Penn State on Thursday and Nebraska on Sunday
- The Illini are the 11 seed if they beat Penn State AND Penn State loses to Northwestern on Thursday
- The Illini are the 12 seed if they lose to Penn State