Nebraska's chances for a regular season crown fizzled away just moments before it concluded its game against Indiana on Friday night. Minnesota beat Ohio State and knocked NU out of the title hunt.
Then the Huskers finished off their victory over IU — that was enough for the Gophers to clinch their first Big Ten championship since 2010.
But Nebraska can get its own Big Ten trophy by winning the conference tournament. And seeding for that event — aside from the Gophers earning the No. 1 spot — isn't set yet.
On this final day of the regular season, there are a few different scenarios that could impact where NU lands next week.
Where the Huskers could be seeded and what needs to happen (presuming no rainouts):
No. 2 seed: A Nebraska win over Indiana
No. 3 seed: An NU loss AND an Ohio State loss
No. 4 seed: A Husker loss AND an OSU win
Now. Who could Nebraska play? That's where it gets a little messy.
|2016 Big Ten Baseball Standings|
|Teams||Conf. Record||Pct.||Overall Record||Pct.|
|4. Ohio State||14-9||.609||37-17-1||.682|
|6. Michigan State||13-10||.565||34-17||.667|
|t-8. Penn State||12-12||.500||28-27||.509|
» Updated through 11:45 p.m. on May 20
One more Big Ten tournament spot is still up for grabs. Maryland needs a win to get in (it could be seeded as high as sixth, too). Illinois needs to beat Michigan AND it needs the Terrapins to drop their finale against Michigan State.
The other seven teams in the field: Minnesota, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa. That order can, and likely will, change. Click the link for a look at a team-less Big Ten tournament bracket.
Possible scenarios for NU's first-round opponent/start time next Wednesday (assuming all games are played Saturday)...
NO. 2 SEED (vs. the 7-seed at 1 p.m.)
Opponent: Michigan State or Iowa. ... Depends on the Spartans. If they lose, they're the No. 7 seed. If they win, the Hawkeyes will be seeded seventh.
NO. 3 SEED (vs. the 6-seed at 9 a.m.)
Opponent: Michigan, Michigan State or Maryland. ... If the Wolverines win, it's the winner of MSU-Maryland in the sixth spot. If the Wolverines lose and the Spartans win, it's Michigan. If U-M loses and the Terrapins win, it's Maryland.
NO. 4 SEED (vs. the 5-seed at 9 p.m.)
Opponent: Michigan or Michigan State. ... The Wolverines are the No. 5 seed if they win Saturday. If they lose and MSU wins, the Spartans take that spot.
Follow the games on Saturday:
Maryland at Michigan State, 12:05 p.m.
Indiana at Nebraska, 1:02 p.m. (BTN)
Ohio State at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Michigan at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. (BTN)