Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, February 16, 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. The Big Ten has gone from a six-bid to a seven-bid league this week. Say "hello" to Wisconsin.

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No. 1 Iowa vs. No. 16 Montana, West
No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 New Mexico State, East
No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 14 Stony Brook, South
No. 4 Purdue vs. No. 13 Hawaii, Midwest
No. 6 Indiana vs. No. 11 UConn/LSU play-in, Midwest
No. 9 Michigan vs. No. 8 Providence, Midwest
No. 10 Wisconsin vs. No. 7 Baylor, West

Palm?s bracket has added Wisconsin. The Badgers are the hottest team in the league, winners of seven in a row, the latest an impressive win at then-No. 2 Maryland, which snapped the Terrapins' program-record 27-game home winning streak. Iowa, Michigan State, Maryland, Purdue and Michigan all held steady from a seed standpoint. Indiana moved up from a No. 8 to a No. 6 seed.

See Palm's full bracketology.


No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 New Mexico State, Midwest
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 UNC Asheville, East
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 South Dakota State, South
No. 5 Purdue vs. No. 12 Florida State/Saint Mary?s, South
No. 6 Indiana vs. No. No. 11 Temple, West
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 UConn, East
No. 9 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Colorado, Midwest

Maryland, Michigan State and Purdue remain the same seed. Iowa fell from a No. 1 to a No. 2. Michigan jumped a spot, from a No. 9 to a No. 8. And Wisconsin moved into the bracket after being among Lunardi?s ?first four out? last week.

See Lunardi's full bracketology.