The Big Ten Tournament kicks off on Wednesday afternoon. This year's tournament, for the first time, will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City - and is actually being played a week early.
The first of the two contests Wednesday night tips off at 5:30 PM ET, No. 13 Illinois will take on No. 12 Iowa. After that contest, No. 14 Rutgers will take on No. 11 Minnesota.
The top four seeds, and the only true threats to make the NCAA tournament - Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Nebraska - will make their first appearances first appearances on Friday.
With the schedule in mind, let's take a look at the highest possible seeding for each program.
- The Spartans are in line for a No. 1 seed if they can win the Big Ten Tournament. A spot in the title game also likely secures a top sport for Tom Izzo and company, who currently sit at No. 2 in the nation.
- Much like the Spartans, the Boilermakers have a chance at a No. 1 seed if they can win the Big Ten tourney. Currently sitting at No. 8 in the country, it would take wins over Ohio State and Michigan State for Purdue to jump into a No. 1 seed.
- Although a No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament, the Buckeyes likely need a little help to have any chance of securing a top seed in the NCAA tournament. Ohio State is likely head for a No. 2 seed if the Buckeyes can win the tournament.
- The Huskers are currently on Joe Lunardi's "First Four Out" list when it comes to his Bracketology. However, if Nebraska can win the Big Ten tournament, the team will likely jump up to a possible No. 7 seed. A good showing in the Big Ten tourney likely gets Nebraska into the NCAA tournament.
- It's going to take a Herculean effort for the Nittany Lions to squeeze their way into the NCAA tournament. Penn State needs a win, or close loss in the Big Ten title game to have any chance of making the NCAA tournament. If the Nittany Lions win, they could jump into a No. 10 seed.
You can check out the full Big Ten bracket here.