Bracketology: Where is the Big Ten?

Where will the Big Ten end up?  The Bracket Preview on February 11 featured zero Big Ten teams on the top 4 seed lines.  Today, my highest-seeded Big Ten team is Purdue, who fell from a 4 to a 5 seed.  This was tough, because I think Purdue really is a 4 seed, but Virginia had to move up after beating North Carolina last night.  There is no doubt, though, that the conference tournaments will clear up the picture.  Some of the top teams are bound to be upset in the early rounds, depriving them of the chance to pick up quality wins going into Selection Sunday, and others are going to get those wins.

With that said, let’s get right into today’s projection.  As always, moves up or down since the previous update are in parentheses after the team’s name, and projected automatic qualifiers are in bold.

 In since Sunday’s update: UNC-Greensboro

Out since Sunday’s update: East Tennessee State

Trending up: Oregon, Butler, UCLA, Virginia, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Iowa State, Michigan, Michigan State, Wichita State, Arkansas, Providence, Texas-Arlington, Monmouth, Oakland, Vanderbilt, Illinois

Trending down: Duke, Wisconsin, Maryland, Xavier, Northwestern, Southern California, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, TCU, Tennessee

1s: Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina, Gonzaga

2s: Baylor, Louisville, Oregon, Arizona

3s: Florida State, Butler, UCLA, Kentucky

4s: Florida, Duke, Virginia (+1), West Virginia

5s: Purdue (-1), Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Cincinnati

6s: Minnesota, SMU, Iowa State, Creighton (+1)

7s: Wisconsin (-1), Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Miami

8s: Maryland, Dayton, Virginia Tech (+1), Michigan

9s: Xavier (-1), Michigan State (+1), Wichita State, VCU

10s: Arkansas, Northwestern (-1), Seton Hall, Providence (+1)

11s: Southern California (-1), Illinois State, California, Marquette (+1), Middle Tennessee

12s: Syracuse (-1), Rhode Island, Texas-Arlington, UNC-Wilmington, Monmouth (+1)

13s: Nevada (-1), Vermont, Princeton, Akron

14s: UNC-Greensboro (new), Winthrop, Oakland (+1), Belmont

15s: Florida Gulf Coast, Bucknell (-1), Cal-Bakersfield, North Dakota

16s: Texas Southern, South Dakota, UC-Davis, Mount Saint Mary’s, New Orleans, North Carolina Central

 Last four in: California, Marquette, Syracuse, Rhode Island

NIT Projection

 1s (First Four Out of NCAA tournament field): Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Kansas State

2s (Next Four Out of NCAA tournament field): TCU, Houston, Illinois (+1), Indiana

3s (Third Four Out of NCAA tournament field): Tennessee (-1), Georgia, Ohio State (+1), Utah

4s: Texas Tech (-1), Alabama, BYU, Charleston

5s: Clemson, Iowa, Boise State, Pittsburgh (+1)

6s: Valparaiso (-1), Colorado State, Ole Miss, Arkansas State (+1)

7s: Georgetown (-1), Richmond, Auburn, San Francisco

8s: UNC-Asheville, Stanford, Central Florida (+1), East Tennessee State

Thanks for reading, and look for my next update soon.  Check out the Bracket Matrix in the meantime!

About Mike B.

Avid sports fan, particularly of the Detroit Lions, Pistons, and Tigers, and University of Michigan.
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