Tom Dienhart, BTN.com Senior Writer, February 1, 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 CBSSports.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN. The Big Ten continues to look like a six-bid league. But Wisconsin is making some noise in Lunardi's mock.
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Last week, Iowa ascended to a No. 1 seed by Palm. This week, Lunardi has moved the Hawkeyes up to a No. 1 from a No. 2. Iowa never has been a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance.
No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Stephen F. Austin, West
No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 14 Akron, Midwest
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Yale, South
No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Valparaiso, Midwest
No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Monmouth, West
No. 9 Indiana vs. No. 8 Seton Hall, East
No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Montana, Midwest
No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 14 Hofstra, South
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Akron, West
No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 South Dakota State, East
No. 6 Indiana vs. No. 11 Valparaiso, Midwest
No. 7 Michigan vs. No. 10 Washington, East
Wisconsin has crawled onto the "Next Out" subset of four schools behind the "First Four Out" by Lunardi, as the Badgers have won four in a row.