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Big Ten tournament tiebreakers: How Maryland can secure a double bye

Maryland's Mark Turgeon talks about giving some of the players some time off after the loss to Minnesota. (Baltimore Sun video)

After a clinically insane night in the Big Ten Conference — a night in which a full-court heave begat a buzzer beater worthy of a court storming, followed by a game that ended with a victorious coach and victorious player in tears, in separate postgame interviews — the league tournament picture got a little more comprehensible for the Maryland men's basketball team.

Ahead of Thursday's Nebraska-Minnesota and Iowa-Wisconsin games, here are the conference standings.

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Big Ten standings
(ESPN.com)

Of the top six teams, only the Golden Gophers and Badgers have two games remaining.

The start of the second half of games had been the biggest problem for the Maryland men's basketball team d

Here's what that means for the Terps as they try to clinch a double bye and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament at Washington's Verizon Center. The No. 2 seed is still up for grabs, and the No. 5 seed is as low as they can go.

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How Maryland can earn the No. 2 seed

  • Win vs. Michigan State AND Iowa win vs. Wisconsin AND Nebraska win vs. Minnesota AND Minnesota win vs. Wisconsin

How Maryland can earn the No. 3 seed

  • Win vs. Michigan State AND Minnesota loses one of its two games vs. Nebraska/at Wisconsin
  • Win vs. Michigan State AND Iowa win vs. Wisconsin AND Minnesota wins both remaining games

How Maryland can earn the No. 4 seed

After Dererk Pardon banked in final-second layup, a wild scene unlike any Northwestern team ever had experienced inside the 65-year-old building unfolded.
  • Win vs. Michigan State AND Minnesota wins both games
  • Loss to Michigan State AND Wisconsin win vs. Iowa AND Minnesota loss to Nebraska or Minnesota
  • Loss to Michigan State AND Iowa win vs. Wisconsin AND Wisconsin win vs. Minnesota
  • Loss to Michigan State AND Iowa win vs. Wisconsin AND Nebraska win vs. Minnesota, Minnesota win vs. Wisconsin

How Maryland can earn the No. 5 seed

  • Loss to Michigan State AND Minnesota wins final two games
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