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Big Ten Bracketology: Three two-seeds?

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Basketball is objectively terrible. It’s an awful, dumb sport where your team loses at home at Rutgers and you don’t even feel that much shame about losing to Rutgers, you’re just kind of embarrassed to be putting stock in how they do at all.

Anyways, it’s only getting worse around B1G Country. Nebraska’s slid all the way off the bubble and Tim Miles’ job security is now similar to most bills in Congress—which influential donors can line up more money behind a decision? Indiana’s upset of Michigan State was likely cheapened by Illinois’s home win—and the best the Hoosiers can do in the brackets we display for you here is a First Four date...for a 13-seed. Minnesota—well, the Gophers are trying, and that’s a big accomplishment! Sometimes taking part is its own reward.

The Rankings

B1G Talking Points

  • Somehow, barely, the Michigan Wolverines remain just above the Michigan State Spartans. I guess “don’t lose at Illinois” is a good lesson for all of us.
  • Purdue has crept onto the 3-line in most projections, but I’m asking—could they go higher? With @IU and @MN as their “toughest” games in the next six, Purdue could get the pain train back on the tracks here and start making some noise for a Big Ten title and, perhaps, a chance to lose to a 15-seed.
  • Voters appear to be keeping wisconsin right where they should be and not letting them inch higher.
  • Maryland and Iowa are in that middling-tier of 6-seeds, maybe climbing back to 5s? I expect both to be popular first-round upset picks, unless Maryland gets to beat up on whatever a Lipscomb is. Conversely, O/U at 19.5 for Iowa turnovers against VCU.
  • Somehow, the Ohio State Buckeyes are holding on. And, in the case of Jerry Palm, that’s after they lost to Illinois! Chris Holtmann is doing something right...I just can’t figure out for the life of me what it is. Either way, I don’t like a Buckeyes matchup with Texas or St. John’s. I don’t think that pace favors them.
  • Minnesota has that lovely thing going right now where they both want to fire Richard Pitino and still are projected to get into the a 9-seed?! Again, Jerry Palm...what? You saw them lose to Nebraska, right?
  • Joe Lunardi explicitly says he’s “holding his nose” on the Indiana Hoosiers in today’s bracketology release. Yet they’re clinging to life, somehow.
  • The few places I do go for NIT and CBI news are Mid-Major Madness and DRatings. The former hasn’t updated since 2/1, and the latter is just...down. Not pulling up. So my choices for NIT Bracketology:
    Indiana: 2-seed
    Nebraska: 5-seed

UPDATE: NIT bracketology expert @joestunardi of All Things NIT agrees:

Stay tuned to him @joestunardi as the CBB silly season intensifies.

  • You’re thinking: “But MNW? Why no Northwestern?” Because they are playing like dogshit. That’s why. Would they be chosen for the CBI? Probably not! Because it’s not worth paying for games to watch the burned-out husks of Dererk Pardon and Vic Law plodding around one more time. I love you, guys. Just move on and make your money in Europe.
  • CBI Bracketology!:
    Rutgers Scarlet Knights: IN!
    Penn State Nittany Lions: DECLINED!
    Illinois Fighting Illini: DECLINED!
    Northwestern: OUT!

This has been Big Ten bracketology.


How many Big Ten teams get in?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    6: Ohio State and Minnesota fade off the bubble, Indiana long gone.
    (24 votes)
  • 33%
    7: Minnesota fades off the bubble, Indiana drifts away.
    (59 votes)
  • 46%
    8: Indiana in that dreaded "First Four Out"
    (82 votes)
  • 7%
    9: IU surprises!
    (13 votes)
178 votes total Vote Now


NIT Teams, go:

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    Indiana and Nebraska
    (55 votes)
  • 26%
    Indiana, Nebraska, and a third team (tell us who!)
    (33 votes)
  • 8%
    Just Indiana
    (11 votes)
  • 15%
    Just Nebraska
    (19 votes)
  • 6%
    OTHER (comments!)
    (8 votes)
126 votes total Vote Now


Who goes to the CBI?

This poll is closed

  • 38%
    (54 votes)
  • 8%
    (12 votes)
  • 21%
    Rutgers and Illinois
    (31 votes)
  • 31%
    No one
    (45 votes)
  • 0%
    (0 votes)
142 votes total Vote Now