Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 10, 2014

The regular season is over. On to the league tourneys. Basically, six teams look to be locks for the Big Dance: Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa. Minnesota is squarely on the bubble.

In the and brackets, Michigan and Wisconsin are consensus No. 2 seeds. Not gonna argue with that. I don't think either can do much to change that in Indy.

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Michigan State is a No. 4 in the CBS bracket and a No. 5 in the ESPN. Not bad for a team that went 5-7 down the stretch. A No. 5 seems about right for this listing team that in all honesty isn't even playing up to a No. 5 seed.

Ohio State is a No. 5 by CBS and a No. 6 by ESPN. Spot-on. I think a No. 6 is best. This team lacks a glittery resume and was too streaky.

CBS has Iowa as a No. 9; ESPN has it at No. 8. I agree. But I wonder if both seeds are too high.

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Everyone's darling Nebraska is a No. 10 by CBS and a No. 11 by ESPN. Seems about right. Maybe a bit too high for a team that did little outside the league. But no school is hotter down the stretch.

Minnesota? It's not in either bracket. I think the Golden Gophers need to win at least two games in the Big Ten tourney to get a Big Dance invite.

Here is a look at both the CBS and ESPN seed projections for Big Ten teams:

Jerry Palm,
No. 2 Michigan, West
No. 2 Wisconsin, South
No. 4 Michigan State, East
No. 5 Ohio State, South
No. 9 Iowa, East
No. 10 Nebraska, Midwest
Minnesota is listed among the last four teams out.

Joe Lunardi, ESPN
No. 2 Michigan, South
No. 2 Wisconsin, West
No. 5 Michigan State, Midwest
No. 6 Ohio State, Midwest
No. 8 Iowa, West
No. 11 Nebraska, East

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