Mock brackets: Where do Big Ten teams land?

It’s time to check the mock brackets to see how the Big Ten rates for March Madness. The league holds steady with seven bids; the Big East also has seven in each bracket and as many as eight in some.

The big change from last week is the ascension of Michigan State to a No. 1 seed in some brackets following its big win last week over Michigan, which was a No. 1 seed. The Spartans have won 11 of their last 12 games. The lone loss in that stretch was 75-70 at Indiana.

ESPN.com is the lone bracket with just one Big Ten squad as a No. 1 seed: Indiana, a No. 1 across the board and winners of eight of nine. The Spartans are a No. 1 in three brackets.

Michigan is a No. 2 in all four brackets I checked this week. But it has time to rise, with home games left vs. Illinois, Michigan State and Indiana. The Wolverines are 3-4 on the road in Big Ten action.

Winners of four of five, Wisconsin is a consensus No. 5 seed; Minnesota—losers of three of four–is a No. 5 in two brackets and a No. 6 in two; Ohio State, which has lost three of four, is as low as a No. 7 and as high as a No. 4.

No team has a wider range than Illinois, which is a No. 6 in three brackets and a No. 10 in another as it rides a four-game winning streak.

There’s still a chance for Iowa to make the field for the first time since 2006. But the Hawkeyes likely need to finish 10-8 in the Big Ten and win a game in the league tourney. Iowa is 6-7 in Big Ten action.

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Jerry Palm, CBSSport.com

  • No. 1 Indiana (Midwest) vs. No. 16 play-in
  • No. 1 Michigan State (South) vs. No. 16 play-in
  • No. 2 Michigan (East) vs. No. 15 Northeastern
  • No. 5 Wisconsin (East) vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee
  • No. 6 Minnesota (Midwest) vs. No. 11 Cal
  • No. 6 Illinois (East) vs. No. 11 Charlotte
  • No. 7 Ohio State (West) vs. No. 10 Ole Miss

Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com

  • No. 1 Indiana (Midwest) vs. No. 16 Southern/Bryant
  • No. 2 Michigan State (East) vs. No. 15 Montana
  • No. 2 Michigan (South) vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast
  • No. 4 Ohio State (West) vs. No. 13 Akron
  • No. 5 Wisconsin (South) vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee
  • No. 6 Minnesota (Midwest) vs. No. 11 LaSalle
  • No. 10 Illinois (West) vs. No. 7 San Diego State

Ryan Fagan, Sporting News

  • No. 1 Indiana
  • No. 1 Michigan State
  • No. 2 Michigan
  • No. 5 Wisconsin
  • No. 5 Minnesota
  • No. 6 Illinois
  • No. 6 Ohio State

Patrick Stevens, USAToday

  • No. 1 Indiana (Midwest) vs. No. 16 Northeastern/Southern
  • No. 1 Michigan State (South) vs. No. 16 Mercer/Charleston Southern
  • No. 2 Michigan (West) vs. No. 15 Niagara
  • No. 5 Minnesota (East) vs. No. 12 Iowa State
  • No. 5 Wisconsin (West) vs. No. 12 Louisiana Tech
  • No. 6 Ohio State (East) vs. No. 11 Baylor
  • No. 6 Illinois (South) vs. No. 11 Cal
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Andy Maurer on 3/4/2013 @ 10:59pm EDT Said:

How in the world is osu a 7 seed in this bracket! They are ranked 14# in the country. The have no bad loses and there loses are to duke, Kansas, Indiana,Michigan ,mich st,Wisconsin, I’ll ! 4 of those teams have been ranked #1 this year and mich st was ranked #2… Osu is a 4 or 5 seed?

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