Heading into Saturday's Big Ten men's basketball play, Ohio State had roughly a two or three seed delta, with the possibility of the Bucks improving their conference tournament seed simply by watching games just like the rest of us.
Unfortunately -- at least in terms of sheer seed -- the Buckeyes' destiny was taken out of their hand with essentially chalk results from Saturday's action. Following wins by Iowa, Michigan State, Michigan, and Purdue, OSU will enter this coming week's 2015 Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed.
Without the double bye, OSU's postseason will begin Thursday, Mar. 12 from Chicago, IL against the winner of Wednesday evening's game between the No. 14 (Rutgers) and No. 11 (Minnesota) seeds. OSU and the winner of so-called "Game 2" is expected to tip around 8:55 p.m. ET Thursday evening on ESPN2. Time Warner Columbus/Delaware subscribers can tune in to the action on Channel 1302.
From there, a win would take Ohio State to play in the late game Friday night against the 3-seeded Michigan State Spartans. Should OSU's march continue, the winner of the 2-seed (Maryland) and the winners of the 7-seed (Indiana) and 10-seed (Northwestern) would wait Saturday afternoon around 3:25 p.m. ET on CBS. The Big Ten Tournament championship game is set for Selection Sunday, Mar. 15 at 3:30 p.m. on CBS.
Here's the 2015 Big Ten Tournament bracket: