Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 26, 2013

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 and But 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, which has the Buckeyes as a No. 6.

Illinois is a No. 6 in two brackets (Sporting and USAToday); a No. 7 by; a No. 9 by

Minnesota ranges from a No. 6 (USAToday) to a No. 11 ( seed.


Jerry Palm,
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,
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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