Is Wisconsin in driver’s seat for Big Ten title?
Let’s take a look:
- Most importantly, the Badgers only play Michigan State and Ohio State once – and both games are at the Kohl Center, where UW is 8-0 this year and 225-30 since the facility opened (according to the uwbadgers.com).
- The Badgers will likely be favored in every league road game they play until traveling to Michigan and Iowa back-to-back in mid-February.
- Wisconsin’s closing stretch (final four games) includes road trips to Penn State and Nebraska (both manageable) and home dates with Indiana and Purdue. By contrast, Michigan State closes with Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio State, and includes trips to Ann Arbor and Columbus. Ohio State closes with Minnesota, Indiana, Penn State, and Michigan State (IU and PSU are on the road). Iowa ends with road trips to Minnesota and Michigan State and home dates with Purdue and Illinois .
- Michigan State plays Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan twice.
- Iowa plays Michigan State, Ohio State, and Michigan twice.
- Ohio State plays Michigan State and Iowa twice, and Michigan once.
If results follow projections, Wisconsin certainly has an advantage. And considering the Badgers are 13-0 with non-conference victories over Florida, St. John’s, Saint Louis, Marquette, and Virginia, an outright Big Ten title would put them in prime position for a No. 1 seed with opening games in Milwaukee. That’s a pretty good way to start the New Year.