The B1G Time Bracketology Breakdown: Back to the Top for Michigan

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If there is one thing this college basketball season has taught us all it's that there is no "great" team, no team that we'll all be sitting around talking about 20-30 years from now and wondering if any team could be as good as them ever again. There's no 2009 UNC or the triple champions from Florida to deal with either. But, that hasn't stopped us from looking around the results for the Big Ten are seriously interesting to say the least. 

Michigan occupies the No. 1 spot in the polls, but could they move to a No. 1 seed in this week's bracketology releases? Let's jump right in and show you the results in our 2nd "Bracketology Breakdown" of the season. 

Every one of the bracketologist we deal with has just seven Big Ten schools in their latest projections to start off with. 

CBS Bracketology (Jerry Palm):

Team Seed Place Day
Michigan No. 1 in Midwest Auburn Hills Thursday
Indiana No. 2 in South Dayton Friday
Michigan State No. 3 in East Auburn Hills Thursday
Ohio State No. 4 in South Austin Friday
Minnesota No. 4 in East San Jose Thursday
Wisconsin No. 6 in West Salt Lake City Thursday
Illinois No. 7 in East Lexington Thursday

ESPN Bracketology (Joe Lunardi):

Team Seed Place Day
Michigan No. 1 in Midwest Auburn Hills Thursday
Indiana No. 2 in East Dayton Friday
Michigan State No. 3 in South Auburn Hills Thursday
Ohio State No. 4 in West Kansas City Friday
Minnesota No. 5 in East San Jose Thursday
Wisconsin No. 8 in South Kansas City Friday
Illinois No. 11 in West Austin Friday

Blogging The Bracket (Chris Dobbertan):

 

Team  Seed Place Day
Michigan No. 1 in Midwest Auburn Hills Thursday
Indiana No. 2 in West Lexington Thursday
Michigan State No. 3 in East Auburn Hills Thursday
Ohio State No. 5 in West San Jose Thursday
Minnesota No. 5 in East Austin Friday
Illinois No. 8 in South Kansas City Friday
Wisconsin No. 10 in Midwest Dayton Friday

Thoughts on the Brackets:

- It appears that for those of us not attending the games and wanting to watch as many Big Ten teams in action as possible it's going to be pretty easy to do so as maybe one set of games would overlap at all. 

- One of the more head scratching things in all of these brackets is the case of Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. The Badgers beat the Gophers and yet they still fell a spot in two of the three brackets we look at here. Interesting because they seemed to get credit for that and closer loss to MSU this past week in the CBS bracket, while somehow managing to plummet all the way down to a 10 seed in the BtB bracket? That's head scratching to me to say the least. Then you have Minnesota who took a tumble down three lines after losing 4 straight and sitting in the bottom half of the conference. Amazingly, if you are a Badgers fan it seems as if you need to become big time Gophers fans over the next few weeks to help out that seed. 

- It still appears that no matter what someone from the Big Ten is going to head out to San Jose. This week it's either Ohio State fans or Minnesota fans traveling out to Silicon Valley. However, if you're an OSU fan be prepared to travel a pretty good distance as your home is either in San Jose, Kansas City, or Austin. If you want that Dayton game to happen you're going to likely need to win out in the Big Ten. 

- Safe to say that Iowa knocked itself squarely off the bubble this week with losses to Ohio State and Purdue, huh? If you look at strictly RPI (and don't get me started on how b.s. that measuring stick is) they are the next likeliest candidate to get in the field with an RPI rating of 85th (according to RealTimeRPI.com). 

- On the other hand Purdue, the 6th place team in the Big Ten has some MAJOR work ahead of them with an RPI of 106th. Unless they can take down the Hoosiers at least once and beat Michigan at home they likely are heading to the NIT.

- One team that could sneak up on us all though is Northwestern – who own an RPI rating of 86th and do own wins over two Top 25 opponents (at the time they played). So, if they could find a way to sneak up and around the 8-10 or 9-9 mark in conference play this team could find itself playing for an NCAA tournament spot in the Big Ten tournament in Chicago. Now, wouldn't that be a fun story in the Windy City, huh?

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college football for nearly half a decade. He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadgers.com and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, 32flags.com

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