Ohio State Earns the Five Seed for the 2014 Big Ten Tournament

By Jason Priestas on March 9, 2014 at 9:45p

Despite closing the regular season with a home win over Michigan State on Senior Day, Thad Matta's Ohio State Buckeyes will open the Big Ten tournament as a five seed, thanks to Nebraska's upset of Wisconsin Sunday night in Lincoln.

The Buckeyes will face last place Purdue Thursday at 2:35 p.m.-ish (BTN). Ohio State went 2-0 against Purdue this season, winning 78-69 in West Lafayette on New Year's Eve and then 67-49 in Columbus last month.

Michigan, the Big Ten regular season champion, enters the tournament as the top seed, with Wisconsin earning the two, Michigan State the three and Nebraska of all teams, the four seed.

The Wolverines won their first outright Big Ten championship since 1986, going 15-3 and possibly earning coach John Belein his first conference Coach of the Year award.

Should Ohio State top Purdue Thursday, they will get another shot at Nebraska, a team they clobbered in Columbus, but lost to on the road.

Here's the full bracket for the 2014 Big Ten men's basketball tournament.

2014 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket



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el duderino's picture

It seems a bit unfair for them to have to face both last place Purdue and 12 seed Purdue.

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

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Jason Priestas's picture

Ha. Only seems fair.

Knarcisi's picture

Purdue then Nebraska for another semi matchup with scUM?  I'll take it. This team needs all the reps they can get. Maybe playing 3 or 4 days in a row, we'll find some consistency scoring. 

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bigbadbuck's picture

I wouldn't be worrying about Missagain. As inconsistent as this team is they are liable to be knocked out in either game before

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BucksfanXC's picture

I like this a lot. I don't think Michigan is assured a win over either Indiana or Illinois and if that happens, look out. Sometimes though I prefer an early exit from a conference tourney so you can get some rest, plus what are the chances of winning a conference tourney and then the NCAA tourney? I know UConn did it and it can be done, but I like to get the rest and a loss always wakes a team up a little bit.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I'm not arguing too much with a 5 seed.  I think it is pretty fair.  Now time for them to go out and win some games.

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Buckeye Scottie's picture

Not trying to be a dick, but you can't argue at all with the 5 seed.  It is the B1G tourney, that seed was earned based on records etc.  It isn't like the NCAA tourney that they select teams and rank them.  Conference tourney is based on the regular season, so it isn't about being fair.  It is what they earned.

I do agree, time to go out and win some games.  The draw isn't terrible, definitely should have every chance to win 2, and then with UM all bets are off against the archenemy.

Josh P's picture

We're gonna win the big ten tournament 

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Deadly Nuts's picture

We can beat every team in the leauge.

Edit: But not in a row....


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el duderino's picture

In the words of Bob the Builder and a certain presidential campaign, "YES WE CAN!"

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

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Deadly Nuts's picture

The best part is that Penn State is on the other side.


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Patriot4098's picture

I feel bad, but I was happy to see that as well.

"Evil shenanigans!"     - Mac

AJW_16's picture

This is what it's come to: we are more afraid of playing Penn State than a potential semifinal game with Michigan (the conference's best team).

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

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headina's picture

I see them either making a run to the title, or failing miserably against Purdue. No in between. It has been feast r famine all year. 


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CaliforniaBuckeye's picture

Right now is a perfect time for the BasketBucks to forget about what has happened this year and make a RUN, regardless of what seed we are and who we have to play. Remember peaking is very important in any sport, and hopefully we start peaking in the BIG 10 tournament.

"The only way we'd get beaten was if we got a little fat-headed, if we didn't train right, if we had dissension on the squad." - Woody Hayes

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mrspray's picture

I think that if they play consistently well even without winning the B1G tourney, they'll be well poised to make a sweet sixteen/elite eight run. Much past that doesn't seem likely IMO, but one can always hope...

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

BME_Buckeye's picture

Offtopic but Matt Painter needs to be fired. Guy has underperformed since the Johnson boys and Hummel left. Knew he couldn't stay at the top once Indiana started to come back.  Hope we are the nail in the coffin.

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Jason Priestas's picture

He's had a rough couple of seasons, but prior to the last two, he had seven-straight 22-win seasons with the Boilers. That buys him at least another year, I think.

Seattle Linga's picture

Nice job Wisky I knew we couldn't count on you.

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TLB's picture

I like our draw

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Purdue - win
Nebraska - win
TTUN or Indiana or Illinois - win
Final - we'll see 

Class of 2010.

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nburns18's picture

Dont be surprised if the buckeyes can make a nice tourney run. but i also wouldnt be surprised if they lost to purdue. thats how this season has been

"You win with people." -Woody Hayes

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KBonay's picture


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Seattle Linga's picture

Nice - but was 2 for 28 really all that bad?

KBonay's picture

Dude, watching that game and trying to keep up with forum on new Windows 8 could have been the ultimate stress test....

Meaty19's picture

I have a feeling this could be one crazy tournament. The way league play was this year a 5 seed could be playing a 10 seed easily in the Ship?!? Either way it'll be fun to watch. 

DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

I don't think we could have asked for a better draw. I think this team needs to get a win or two before heading to the NCAA tourney, so not having a buy may actually be in their favor. Rolling Purdue and getting Brasky in round two may be a God-send. And the best part is we should completely avoid those damned Nittany Lions... 

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bucksfan92's picture

While it really sucks that we have to play on Thursday for the first time in forever, this is just about the easiest draw out there.  We should wipe the floor with PU again, and Nebraska doesn't scare me in the least.  They won't have their home court voodoo going on in Indy.  If we win those 2 I don't care if we lose the semis.  But if we win the semis I do NOT want to lose the title game.  Unless someone like Iowa gets through to the finals that's going to be tough because playing the 4th day in a row is where fatigue comes in when you are going against a team playing only the 3rd.

And last year's 5 seed went to the NCG, so maybe that slot can repeat but it one better and win it.  lol who am I kidding, this OSU team looks ripe for a first round upset.

Knarcisi's picture

Nebraska just punched their ticket with that win. Kudos to Tim Miles. 

northwoods buckeye's picture

Am I wrong for thinking anyone other than Purdue or NW has a legitimate shot at winning this tournament? 

Pay it forward

mrspray's picture

You're dead on - if the B1G regular season has told us anything, it's that anyone can lose on any given night. Especially with no real home court advantage, I feel like it's a 8-9 team tossup.

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

osubuckeye4life's picture

This is going to be an exciting B1G this year and I agree with Northwoods that pretty much anyone except Purdue or NW has a legit shot of winning the whole thing. 

arthur dent's picture

Hopefully Ohio State plays a better game today. Thought they would have beaten Purdue by more than a bucket yesterday.