Maryland basketball finished a 13-7 Big Ten season Friday night with a win over Minnesota. With conference play now complete for all teams, that mark places the Terps in fifth place.
Wisconsin withstood a furious charge from Ohio State on Sunday afternoon, winning 73-67 in overtime to finish 14-6 in the league and secure fourth place. After winning its own game, Maryland needed victories from Purdue, Michigan State and Ohio State this weekend in order to land the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. While the first two teams held up their end, the double-bye looked lost with Wisconsin up 23 on the Buckeyes early in the second half. Ohio State made a furious charge and closed regulation on a 12-0 run to force overtime, but the Badgers came through in the extra period.
So Maryland will be the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten tournament and play Thursday afternoon. The Terps will face either No. 12-seed Rutgers or No. 13-seed Nebraksa in the second round, with Wisconsin awaiting the winner of that matchup.
Michigan State is the tournament’s top seed for the second straight year, with Purdue at No. 2 and two-time defending tournament champion Michigan at No. 3. But while five teams separated themselves in the standings this season, there was plenty of chaos all year long, and there’s no reason to expect anything different this coming week.
Here’s the full bracket: