ESPN's Joe Lunardi projects 10 B1G teams in NCAA Tournament with less than 3 weeks before Selection Sunday
ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his latest Bracketology projection this week, and it included 10 Big Ten programs.
Michigan and Ohio State are both projected to be No. 1 seeds, despite the Buckeyes’ loss to the Wolverines over the weekend. According to the current projection, the two teams wouldn’t meet until the National Championship Game.
Illinois and Iowa aren’t far behind, each sitting with a No. 2 seed.
Here’s a full rundown of the seed list:
- Michigan, No. 1 seed
- Ohio State, No. 1 seed
- Illinois, No. 2 seed
- Iowa, No. 2 seed
- Purdue, No. 5 seed
- Wisconsin, No. 5 seed
- Rutgers, No. 8 seed
- Maryland, No. 10 seed
- Indiana, No. 11 seed
- Minnesota, No. 12 seed
Nebraska, Penn State, Northwestern and Michigan State are not listed in the Field of 68 or in either of Lunardi’s “First Four Out” or “Next Four Out” designations.
However, the Spartans still have a reasonable path to making the Big Dance. They defeated No. 5 Illinois on Tuesday night and still have three more games remaining vs. top-5 teams (including two with Michigan).
The Big Ten’s season continues with an important matchup between Rutgers and Indiana on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.