After Saturday's 91-80 loss at Purdue in which the Boilermakers hit over 60 percent of their shots from the field, one of the Wisconsin Badgers' streaks of consistency ended. UW fell to a No. 6 seed in this week's Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis and will now be playing a game before the quarterfinals of the tourney for the first time since 2000.
That's definitely a disappointing way to break the streak, as the tiebreaker gods just weren't kind to Wisconsin this season. With that said, a path to a conference title run remains viable.
For one thing, Wisconsin's first opponent will be the winner of Wednesday's matchup between No. 11 Nebraska and No. 14 Rutgers. A win would get Wisconsin a third game against a No. 3 Maryland team that, while talented, is a team that the Badgers gave fits even before the Terps got it together. A win there, and the Badgers would face either No. 10 Penn State, No. 7 Ohio State or No. 2 Michigan State. Wisconsin holds a win over all of those teams.
On the other side of the bracket, Purdue's win Sunday clinches the No. 4 see and a bye into the quarterfinals. Iowa's 2-5 run to end the season leaves the Hawkeyes as the No. 5 seed and the team that will face the winner of No. 12 Illinois and No. 13 Minnesota. The winner of that one gets the Boilermakers.
Indiana left no doubt as to its conference championship and for that, the top-seeded Hoosiers will face the winner of No. 8 Michigan and No. 9 Northwestern.
Wisconsin has won the Big Ten tournament three times, including last season's to kickstart its second consecutive Final Four run. Below is ticket information from the Big Ten as well as the complete bracket.
Limited all-session tickets remain available at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse box office, Ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. For more information, including a full bracket, ticket and lodging information, go to bigten.org.