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
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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