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Big Ten Tournament 2011 Bracket Almost Set

There is still one game left to play in the Big Ten's 2010-11 regular season -- Ohio State vs. Wisconsin. Ohio State has already clinched the conference championship and the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten tournament, but the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds are dependent on what happens between the Buckeyes and Badgers. If Wisconsin wins, it gets the No. 2 seed. A Badgers loss will give the No. 2 seed to Purdue.

The rest of the Big Ten tournament 2011 bracket is in place, including the seeds for Michigan and Michigan State. The Wolverines and Spartans both finished tied for fourth with Illinois and Penn State, but Michigan won the tiebreaker and has control of the No. 4 seed. Illinois will be the fifth seed in Indianapolis, meaning it will get a bye and play Michigan on Friday afternoon. Penn State is the sixth seed thanks to a win today at Minnesota, and Michigan State is the seventh seed. (Who would have ever thought at the beginning of the season Michigan would be the fourth seed in the Big Ten tournament and Michigan State would be seventh?)

Plugging the seeds into the Big Ten tournament bracket, this is an overview of the matchups that are already set and the potential matchups later on in the tournament:

No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 8 Northwestern/No. 9 Minnesota

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 5 Illinois

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No. 2 TBD (Purdue or Wisconsin) vs. No. 7 Michigan State/No. 10 Iowa

No. 3 TBD (Purdue or Wisconsin) vs. No. 6 Penn State/No. 11 Indiana

The semifinals of the Big Ten tournament will be on next Saturday, and the championship game will take place a week from today on Selection Sunday.

UPDATE: The Big Ten tournament bracket is now set.