Random Thoughts: After Minny, What?

Had Northwestern won Wednesday, we'd be sitting one step above the gang at the bottom of the Big 10, tied with Penn State for 8th, and looking to be the solid #8 seed in the Big 10 Tournament.

Somebody asked about who NU plays in the Big 10 Tournament
According to the official Big 10 tournament site, here are the first 3 games [with the present teams in brackets]

#8 [PSU] plays #9 [NU], #7 [Indy, UM, MSU] plays #10 [Minny], #6 [see #7] plays #11 [Purdue]
Now here's where it gets interesting.
Right now, had we won, we'd be lining up to play...well, I digress.

There are 4 teams with the ability finish 4th in the league and there's a 3 way tie for 5th thru 7th. The present #3 Iowa is entertaining #4 Wisconsin, who could rise as far as 2nd at home.

The number 5 teams, the Michigans and Indiana, all play. Illinois, playing to at least lock up 2nd and maybe a better seed in the NCAAs, has to visit IzzoLand [MSU] but they've got bigger things on their mind. Michigan gets to give Mike Davis and Indiana a sendoff. Even with a loss, Indy can't finish any worse than 7th.
So where does that leave our Northwestern Wildcats.
Like it or not, barring something really spectacular, like we lose to Minnesota, [see the pregame intel Saturday], NU's opponent in the opening game will be exactly the same team as it was last weekend; one more chance at Penn State in the Thursday opener at 11 AM Wildcat Time.
At least the game will be on ESPN2.
But what, God forbid, NU drops the Senior Day game to the Gophers. What then.

The Cats drop to the #10 seed. We actually play a better game in terms of time slot [2:30 PM], but we get the higher seed, which right now could be Indy [L 72-63], or Michigan [L 68-51] or MSU [L77-66]. We haven't beaten any of them this year.
The most important thing?
Beat Minnesota Saturday night, and start preping for Penn State. Let the Gophers worry about which team they get to face Thursday. From where I sit, Penn State will be enough of a challenge.
-- da Coach

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