Early look at NCAA Tournament mock brackets

It’s mid-January. Seems like a good time to start taking a look at some mock NCAA brackets. Things are looking good for Wisconsin and Michigan State, which are primed to be No. 1 seeds.

Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State also are solid tourney teams for now. But teams like Minnesota and Indiana may bob in and out of these mock brackets all winter.

First, there’s Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com, my personal favorite because he’s a Purdue grad who studied computers and played in the All-American Marching Band. And, I know how smart those guys are, having gone to Purdue myself. This was updated today by Palm.

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No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin

No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 9 Saint Louis


No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 play-in team


No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Chicago State

No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Georgetown


No. 8 Minnesota vs. No. 9 Gonzaga

Palm has Indiana in his “last four out.”

Here is a look at the bracket of Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com, last updated on Jan. 16. So, you can see, it doesn’t reflect Ohio State’s loss at Minnesota. No doubt, Lunardi will bump down the Buckeyes. Palm has them as a No. 8. That’s about right. The Buckeyes have few “good” wins.


No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Delaware


No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 IPFW


No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Southern

No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Cal

No. 12 Minnesota/Stanford vs. No. 5 Cincinnati


No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 13 Louisiana Tech

Minnesota is one of Lunardi’s “last four in.” Illinois is among his “first four out.” Indiana is among the “next four out.”

I have no real issues with these brackets, but I wouldn’t have Illinois anywhere near my tourney field right now.

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akble on 1/17/2014 @ 7:07pm EDT Said:

Guess I see Ohio State at best 5th in B10 regular season – Mich, Mich St, Iowa, Wisc – not in any order all finishing above them with Ind and Mn also poissibly making run- Illinois will be NIT – Palm is closer to correct