Five Big Ten teams are seeded sixth or higher in their respective regionals in the NCAA women’s tourney, it was announced Monday night. Iowa (No. 6), Michigan State (No. 5), Nebraska (No. 4), Penn State (No. 3) and Purdue (No. 4) all earned bids to the field, marking the 15th time in the last 21 years the conference has sent five or more teams to the tourney.
NCAA tourney predictions are all over the internet today. But few are as comprehensive as fivethirtyeight.com‘s forecaster that calculates the chance each team has of reaching each round. The site reached its results by “taking into account a composite of power rankings, pre-season rankings, the team’s placement on the NCAA’s 68-team S-curve, player injuries and geography.
March is when schools and coaches earn their reputations. The stakes are high, the chips are down and the pressure is on. Which Big Ten teams are feeling the most urgency to deliver big results in March? Glad you asked. My March Pressure GAUGE will tell us.
Big Ten tourney champ Michigan State jumped to No. 11 in the latest AP Poll, released Monday. The Spartans, who were No. 22 before its tourney run, was the biggest mover in this week’s poll. Big Ten regular-season champ Michigan paces the Big Ten at No. 7, one spot higher than last week. See the full poll in this post.
Everyone is talking hoops. And why not? But here’s some spring football for ya. First, Nebraska, where work has begun on developing the offensive line—among other things. And many are watching the quarterback spot, where Tommy Armstrong is the man to beat. It will be a big shock if he doesn’t keep the job. Would Bo Pelini dare hand over the reins to a neophyte like Johnny Stanton in his critical season? Nah.
The NCAA tourney bracket was released Sunday night, and six Big Ten teams made the field. Hear what Iowa’s Fran McCaffery, Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Nebraska’s Tim Miles, Ohio State’s Thad Matta and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan think about their team’s draw. Watch the interviews in this post.