Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 12, 2016

It?s time to take the temperature of the Big Ten?s NCAA hopes with a weekly check of the mock brackets from Jerry Palm of and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.

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See both of the experts' latest mock brackets below.

No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 play-in team in the East
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 East Tennessee State in the Midwest
No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 14 UT-Arlington in the West
No. 6 Purdue vs. No. 11 Valparaiso in the South
No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 UConn in the South

Notable: Palm has five Big Ten teams in the Big Dance, just like last week. He has Michigan among his ?first four out? after the Wolverines were a No. 9 last week. Purdue drops from a No. 5 to a No. 6. And Indiana appears in the bracket after being part of Palm?s ?first four out? last week.

See Palm's full bracketology.


No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Sam Houston State in the Midwest
No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 16 Bucknell in the East
No. 4 Iowa vs. No. 13 Princeton in the South
No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Boise State in the West
No. 8 Indiana vs. No. 9 Wichita State in the South
No. 10 Michigan vs. No. 7 Gonzaga in the West

Notable: For the second consecutive week, Lunardi has Maryland and Michigan State as No. 1 seeds. Purdue fell from a No. 4 to a No. 5. while Iowa rose from a No. 5 to a No. 4. Lunardi had Michigan as one of his ?last four in? last week. No more. They are on more solid footing this week.

See Lunardi's full bracketology.