Michigan’s loss to MSU on Saturday ensured that it will be the No. 3 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament in Chicago.
A few results have to happen to see who the Wolverines will face. First, Northwestern and Illinois play on Wednesday in the 11/14 matchup. The winner of that plays the next day versus No. 6 seed Iowa. The victor there will battle Michigan in the quarterfinals, which is set for approximately a 9:30 p.m. tip on BTN.
Here’s the finalized bracket:
The 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket. #B1GTourney pic.twitter.com/jIWfLEoU9k— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) March 10, 2019
Michigan is on the opposite side of the field from the Spartans, who will likely have to top either No. 4 Wisconsin or No. 5 Maryland. The Wolverines probably will get a rematch with the Hawkeyes, who won the first game in a 15-point rout on Feb. 1 in Iowa City.
Get past the quarterfinals, and Michigan would get either No. 10 Penn State, No. 7 Minnesota or No. 2 Purdue in the semifinals. John Beilein has bested Matt Painter and the Boilermakers in the last two tournaments.
Michigan seized the last two Big Ten Tournaments — first in Washington (D.C.) in 2017 and then in New York City last March.
Stay tuned for full updates and scouting for a run at a third-straight tournament title.