Just got this from Buckeye broadcaster Frank Fraas...
The Buckeyes are in a great position of controlling their own destiny to reach the Big Ten Tournament. If the Buckeyes can we at least three games against the Iowa Hawkeyes, they are in no matter what. They own the tie breaker over the Michigan State Spartans by winning two of the three games the teams played.
The Buckeyes can improve their seed if they win three and Penn State loses three to Minnesota and Michigan State sweeps. All three would be 16-14, and the Buckeyes have the better winning percentage of the three teams. OSU 4-3, Michigan State 4-3 and Penn State 3-5. All would get in with the Buckeyes would get the fourth seed, MSU the fifth and PSU the 6th.
The Buckeyes can also get in if the they win two and Michigan State loses one game to Indiana OR if Northwestern would happen to win three from Michigan and Michigan State sweeps Indiana. In this scenario, the Buckeyes and Northwestern are tied for the final spot, Michigan State would have the fifth spot. The Buckeyes win the tie breaker over Northwestern because they have the better winning percentage in games against the top five teams (Michigan, Purdue, Illinois, Penn State and Michigan State.) The Buckeyes would be 8-10 .444, while Northwestern is 7-9 .438.
Ohio State can get in with one win if Michigan State loses two or Northwestern loses three.
Ohio State can even get in if they get swept this weekend if Michigan State loses three and Northwestern gets swept.
No guarantees if we get any games washed by rain.
Thanks Frank. I know The Buckeye Nine appreciates all you do for Ohio State and Big Ten baseball. AM 920 WMNI is broadcasting games one, three and four this weekend. All four games are available at OhioStateBuckeyes.com.