The Big Ten is the most complex conference in the country this season by a mile. Of the league’s 14 teams, only two (Northwestern and Nebraska) are out of contention to make the NCAA tournament field. The rest remain in the mix.
After Purdue’s 36-point win over Iowa on Wednesday, the Boilermakers vaulted themselves back into the projected field after they had drifted to the wrong side of the bubble. The convincing victory over a team near the top of the Big Ten standings puts Purdue as one of the last teams in the field and drops Iowa back to a No. 7 seed as a result.
It’s been those types of results — and subsequent bracket movement — that have become a regularity in 2019-20 and are indicative of