Ohio State Can Open Up the Big Ten Race with a Win Over Indiana

By Alex Dale
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State plays at Indiana tonight in a game that impacts the entire conference. A win for the Hoosiers would lock up a sole claim as Big Ten regular season champion, their first championship since 1993. However, if Ohio State can pull off the upset on the road, it opens the door for them and Michigan, Wisconsin or Michigan State to claim part of the title.

It is possible that four teams win a share of the Big Ten title, in fact. For that to happen, Ohio State needs to win tonight and lose at Michigan on Sunday. If both of those things happen, then Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State all still need to win their final two games. Obviously, because Wisconsin and Michigan State play each other on Thursday, only one of them can win a share of the title.

If Ohio State does beat Indiana and Michigan beats Purdue on Wednesday, the Wolverines will actually control their own destiny as they play the Hoosiers on Sunday. Michigan could possibly clinch Big Ten titles for themselves and two other teams on Sunday with a win and an Indiana loss tonight.

While the whole title race is complex if Ohio State wins tonight, it will end if Indiana wins as they would be outright Big Ten champs.

This Big Ten season has been absolutely wild all year with buzzer-beaters, a bunch of overtime games, upsets and good basketball, but if Ohio State wins tonight, a whole new bunch of craziness will be unleashed on the conference in the final week of the season. With four teams vying for a title in the final five days (again only with an Ohio State win), this last week could be the best week yet in the Big Ten.

Not all conferences value their regular season championship, as it does not mean anything for the NCAA Tournament. But the Big Ten is different that way. Big Ten fans, coaches and players know the value of the conference title and if Ohio State can open up the door for these teams to have a shot at a title, expect a great week.


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