Big Ten tournament baseball is coming to Bloomington, Indiana — starting today.
The Big Ten Baseball Tournament is set to begin on Wednesday, May 24 at 10 a.m. with Indiana taking on Minnesota. With the field now set for the double elimination tournament, let’s take a look at the seeding.
Seeding & field
#1 Nebraska (34-18-1, 16-7-1 B1G, 42nd RPI)
#2 Michigan (42-13, 16-8 B1G, 29th RPI)
#3 Minnesota (33-19, 15-8 B1G, 82nd RPI)
#4 Maryland (34-19, 15-9 B1G, 33rd RPI)
#5 Iowa (34-19, 15-9 B1G, 94th RPI)
#6 Indiana (32-20-2, 14-9-1 B1G, 28th RPI)
#7 Northwestern (24-28, 13-11 B1G, 196th RPI)
#8 Purdue (29-25, 12-12 B1G, 109th RPI)
College baseball tournaments are naturally, well, hell to follow. It’s a double-elimination format, that follows the whimsical flow you see here below. The key: win early -- and don’t end up in the losers bracket playing multiple games in one day.
On one side of the bracket will be seeds 1, 8, 4, and 5. On the other side will be seeds 3,6,2, and 7. This is quite a favorable draw for the Hoosiers, who will take on Minnesota in the opener and potentially Northwestern or Michigan in their second game. Indiana won a series against each of these teams during the regular season.
Against the field as a whole, Indiana had a regular season record of 10-7-1. They played every team except for Iowa and the only series they lost were against Nebraska and Purdue.
Indiana enters the tournament with the conference’s highest RPI ranking at 28 even though they finished in 6th place. There is quite a bit of separation in the RPI rankings of the top and bottom teams in this tournament, with Purdue and Northwestern both being sub-100 teams.
Indiana has been on a hot streak, winning six series in a row and winning a midweek against Louisville. They’re as hot as any team in the country and they’re feeling confident. “We have been playing very well,” Craig Dedelow said, “I feel like you could throw us into any game and we’d be successful or at least compete like a top-ranked program.”
All games will be streamed on BTN2Go and available live on the Big Ten Network, starting at 10am on Wednesday morning.