By NOAH TRISTER/AP Sports Writer
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – One of the most exhilarating Big Ten races in recent memory will finally end – in a most appropriate way.
Indiana can clinch an outright championship on Sunday with a win at Michigan, but if the Wolverines prevail, as many as four teams could share the title.
It will be a fitting conclusion after the Big Ten’s heavyweights went through 2 and a half months of emotional peaks and valleys to reach this last day.
The Big Ten had three teams in the AP’s preseason top five. Now there are four in the top 14 – and 14th-ranked Ohio State has a chance to move up after beating No. 2 Indiana on Tuesday night.
Among the possible scenarios: Should Ohio State win and Michigan beat Indiana, that would leave those three teams deadlocked for the top spot. Should Michigan State also win at home against Northwestern on Sunday, they would join a four-team tie for the top spot.
Should all those dominoes fall, it would mark the sixth time in eight years that Matta and the Buckeyes would have captured at least a piece of the championship trophy.
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