Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, January 26, 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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The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. In fact, no other Big Ten teams are on the bubble, according to either bracket expert.

The big news: Iowa is a No. 1 seed by Palm after being a No. 2 last week. The Hawkeyes never have been a No. 1. The highest ever? A No. 2 seed in the 1987 Big Dance. Iowa is still a No. 2 by Lunardi.

No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Navy, West
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Kent State, Midwest
No. 5 Maryland vs. No. 12 Chattanooga, South
No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 VCU, Midwest
No. 7 Indiana vs. No. 10 George Washington, South
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Florida State, East

No big movements for Palm. Michigan State, Maryland and Purdue all dropped one seed. Like Iowa, Indiana went up one seed; Michigan held steady.

View Palm's full bracketology.


No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Omaha, Midwest
No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 14 Yale, West
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 UAB, South
No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Clemson/Washington, Midwest
No. 6 Indiana vs. No. 11 LSU/Cincinnati, East
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Florida, West

In addition to Iowa, Michigan State and Michigan held steady this week; Maryland and Purdue each dropped a slot. Indiana moved up one spot.

View Lunardi's full bracketology.


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