UPDATE: Purdue will be the No. 5 seed, and will play the winner of Nebraska-Illinois on Thursday. Winner of that game plays Indiana on Friday.
Nebraska dealt Indiana a stunning blow last Sunday.
This Sunday, the Cornhuskers upset another top team in the Big Ten — and actually helped the Hoosiers.
Nebraska (7-21, 3-13 Big Ten) beat Michigan State in overtime Sunday, 76-74, which secured the No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament for IU. If Michigan State (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten) beat Nebraska in Sunday’s contest, they would have tied with the Hoosiers (20-9, 10-6) for fourth place and claimed the No. 4 seed thanks to a head-to-head tiebreaker.
The top four teams in the Big Ten tournament receive a double bye. IU will play in Friday’s second game, playing the winner of the No. 5 vs. No. 12/13 game at around 2:30-3 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Who exactly the Hoosiers will play is a mystery, at the moment. As far as the No. 5 seed in concerned, MSU and Penn State both finished 9-7 in conference. Northwestern (8-7) and Purdue (9-6) tipped at 4 p.m. IU beat Purdue in their lone matchup of the season.
Four teams — Nebraska, Rutgers, Wisconsin and Illinois — are headed for a 3-13 finishes at the bottom of the Big Ten. Stay tuned, as this will all sort itself out in the coming hours.