Joe Lunardi currently has 7 Big Ten teams in his latest bracketology, led by Purdue as a No. 2 seed.

Michigan is also on the outside looking in, as Lunardi, the ESPN analyst, pegged the Wolverines as among the first 4 out. The Big Ten is tied for the league for bids among conferences, as Lunardi also has 7 teams in for the Big East.

The Big Ten teams and their seedings are Purdue (2), Michigan State (3), Wisconsin (4), Ohio State (5), Illinois (5), Iowa (7) and Indiana (8).

The marquee Big Ten game on Tuesday night is No. 10 Michigan State at No. 24 Illinois in a 7 p.m. ET tipoff on ESPN.

Lunardi has Auburn has the top overall seed, and Florida as the last team in. Yet in his latest projection, he shines a lot of light on the ACC:

Once again, the at-large bubble has an unusual focus on the ACC. Miami (Last Four Byes), North Carolina (Last Four Byes) and Virginia Tech (Next Four Out) are enduring various stages of concern. North Carolina, in particular, needed to escape Virginia Tech at home to avoid a three-game losing streak and stay in the projected field. This is not your father’s ACC, of course, and may be a mere downbeat for the conference. Then again, it was only two tourneys ago (2019) that the ACC had three No. 1 seeds. And now it could send multiple teams to Dayton. I’m guessing they don’t hang “First Four” banners on Tobacco Road.