Mock brackets: See where your Big Ten team lands
It’s time for my weekly check of some mock brackets to see where the Big Ten ranks. The four brackets I examined all have seven Big Ten teams in the Big Dance. And that looks like a pretty solid number right up until Selection Sunday on March 17.
Iowa likely saw any shred of hope it possessed at grabbing an at-large spot vanish when it inexplicably lost at Nebraska on Saturday.
Some observations from the brackets:
Indiana is a consensus No. 1; and apparently a consensus No. 1 overall seed, getting sweet placement in the Midwest.
Michigan is a No. 1 by CBSSports.com and SportingNews.com. But ESPN.com and USAToday have the Wolverines as a No. 2. I don’t know how Michigan isn’t a consensus No. 1. No matter, I think the Wolverines will end up there.
Michigan State is a No. 2 seed in three brackets; USAToday has the Spartans as a No. 1. I’m trying to figure that out, since MSU went 0-2 last week.
Wisconsin is a No. 5 seed across the board.
Every bracket has Ohio State as a No. 5 except CBSSports.com, which has the Buckeyes as a No. 6.
Illinois is a No. 6 in two brackets (Sporting News.com and USAToday); a No. 7 by CBSSports.com; a No. 9 by ESPN.com.
Minnesota ranges from a No. 6 (USAToday) to a No. 11 (ESPN.com) seed.
Jerry Palm, CBSSports.com
No. 1 Indiana (Midwest) vs. No. 16 play-in team
No. 1 Michigan (South) vs. No. 16 Southern
No. 2 Michigan State (East) vs. No. 15 Niagara
No. 5 Wisconsin (West) vs. No. 12 play-in team
No. 6 Ohio State (West) vs. No. 11 Villanova
No. 7 Illinois (South) vs. No. 10 Cal
No. 8 Minnesota (East) vs. No. 9 Missouri
Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com
No. 1 Indiana (Midwest) vs. No. 16 Norfolk State/Robert Morris
No. 2 Michigan (East) vs. No. 15 Niagara
No. 2 Michigan State (West) vs. No. 15 Montana
No. 5 Wisconsin (East) vs. No. 12 Akron
No. 5 Ohio State (West) vs. No. 12 Kentucky/Villanova
No. 9 Illinois (South) vs. No. 8 North Carolina
No. 11 Minnesota (Midwest) vs. No. 6 Notre Dame
Ryan Fagan, Sporting News
No. 1 Indiana
No. 1 Michigan
No. 2 Michigan State
No. 5 Wisconsin
No. 5 Ohio State
No. 6 Illinois
No. 8 Minnesota
Patrick Stevens, USAToday
No. 1 Indiana (Midwest) vs. No. 16 Southern/Charleston Southern
No. 1 Michigan State (South) vs. No. 16 Mercer/Northeastern
No. 2 Michigan (West) vs. No. 15 Niagara
No. 5 Ohio State (West) vs. No. 12 Villanova/Charlotte
No. 5 Wisconsin (East) vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee State
No. 6 Illinois (South) vs. No. 11 Iowa State
No. 6 Minnesota (East) vs. No. 11 Temple
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