With a Saturday victory over Iowa, the Indiana Hoosiers moved 1.5 games ahead of the pack in the race for the Big Ten regular season title. The 13-point victory was Indiana's sixth consecutive win at Assembly Hall, and gave the Hoosiers a cushion headed into the final two conference games.
Michigan State, which travels to Ann Arbor Sunday to face the rival Michigan Wolverines, are tied with Wisconsin for second in the conference at 11-5. The Badgers face Purdue Sunday afternoon, before a showdown with the Spartans in East Lansing Thursday that could decide the second seed in the Big Ten tournament.
Ohio State, which has the weekend off in preparation for a Tuesday clash with Indiana, is alone in fourth at 11-5 in conference play. The Michigan Wolverines' shocking loss to Penn State dropped them to 10-5 in the Big Ten, 2.5 games behind the leaders and alone in fifth.
Illinois and Minnesota, both 8-8 after Saturday victories, are tied for sixth in the conference. Following its loss to Indiana, Iowa is alone in eighth at 7-9 in Big Ten play. Purdue sits a half-game behind the Hawkeyes in ninth. Nebraska (4-12), Northwestern (4-12), and Penn State (1-15) round out the conference standings.
All teams are jockeying for position in the Big Ten Tournament, to be held March 14-17 at the United Center in Chicago.
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