Two key races in the Big Ten

 Two big races going on in the Big Ten baseball right now.  Let’s look at the standings before the last weekend of regular play:

 

2005-06 Big Ten Overall
Teams W L T Pct. W L T Pct.
Northwestern 19 9 0 .679 23 29 0 .442
Michigan 19 9 0 .679 34 18 0 .654
Ohio State 16 11 0 .593 32 18 0 .640
Minnesota 13 14 0 .481 26 24 0 .520
Purdue 13 15 0 .464 28 23 0 .549
Illinois 13 15 0 .464 27 25 0 .519
Iowa 12 16 0 .429 23 29 0 .442
Penn State 12 16 0 .429 19 33 0 .365
Michigan State 11 17 0 .393 24 28 0 .462
Indiana 11 17 0 .393 22 30 0 .423

At 19-9, the Northwestern Wildcats and Michigan Wolverines are in a dead heat for first place.  The team that finishes first wins not only the Big Ten title but also the rights to host the Big Ten Tournament next week.

The second big race is for eligibility for the tournament.  The top six team will compete.  As you can see, two teams (Iowa and Penn State) are knocking on sixth place’s door, just one game back. 

The Illini had a chance to gain ground Tuesday but lost to Missouri.  That leaves a four game set this weekend against Michigan St who are tied for last place. 

Good luck, Illini!

 

 

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