Big Ten race still tight

Posted by Rich Miller - email

COLUMBUS, OH (AP) - - It's been nine years since there was a tie for the Big Ten's regular-season championship and 31 years since three teams deadlocked.

Over the next three weeks, one of those streaks might come to an end.

It seems all 11 teams in the conference still have something on the line - tournament seeding, individual honors, an NCAA berth. That means almost every game is up for grabs.

The conference trophy will go to the team or teams who survive the major showdowns still left on the schedule.

Michigan State (11-3) hosts Ohio State (10-4) on Sunday, and plays at Purdue (10-3) on Feb. 28. The Boilermakers host Illinois (9-4) on Saturday before welcoming the Spartans.

The Illini also play at Ohio State in early March and host Wisconsin (9-4).

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