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Big Ten Bracketology: The Conference of 5-Seeds

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The dreams of 10 teams and 2 one-seeds look dead, so let’s find the next-best (not really) thing: ALL THE FIVE SEEDS.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Purdue
It’s funny because the title says “five”, but the only picture I could find with Matt Painter involved him holding up four fingers.
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Did you enjoy the days of 10 Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament?

The bottom has fallen out in Lincoln without Isaac Copeland, and not even a road win in East Lansing has vaulted Indiana off the bubble. Eight teams for the Big Ten looks as close to a lock as possible, but with Minnesota yet to pull itself out of the 50s in NET Rankings and Ohio State’s going to be a wild ride to the finish. Let’s get to it:

B1G Talking Points

  • This week, it’s Michigan and Michigan State as dueling twos! Where will the wheel stop next week? Both teams play wisconsin before we check in next Wednesday, and if Michigan State does the double against Minnesota and at wisconsin, I’ll pull at least them, maybe Michigan back onto a 1-line with a stumble above them.
  • I’m taking the under in a Princeton-Michigan first-rounder, by the way. Oof.
  • The Conference of 5-Seeds: I personally hope the Big Ten sweeps the 5-line in the final March Madness bracket. Wouldn’t it be perfect—Purdue, wisconsin, Iowa, and Maryland, all on a 5-line? I’m sold.
  • It feels like Minnesota should be more secure in brackets, and Ohio State less so, but here we are, with both sitting on a 9-seed and Ohio State in (marginally) more brackets.


How many B1G teams make the Big Dance?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    (20 votes)
  • 18%
    (60 votes)
  • 47%
    (159 votes)
  • 23%
    (79 votes)
  • 4%
    (15 votes)
333 votes total Vote Now
  • I’m not sure how SBNation has the Nebraska both in the First Four Out and not in their NIT bracketology, but there you are. Indiana, meanwhile, should rise to an NIT 1- or 2-seed in Mid-Major Madness’s estimation following their road win at MSU.
  • How Northwestern is still holding onto an NIT bid in recently-updated things is beyond fucking me. The ‘Cats are bad, y’all.


Who makes the NIT?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Indiana and Nebraska
    (57 votes)
  • 15%
    Nebraska and Northwestern
    (35 votes)
  • 4%
    Indiana and Northwestern
    (10 votes)
  • 23%
    Indiana, Nebraska, and Northwestern
    (53 votes)
  • 11%
    Only Indiana
    (25 votes)
  • 9%
    Only Nebraska
    (22 votes)
  • 4%
    Only Northwestern
    (9 votes)
  • 4%
    No one in the NIT???
    (11 votes)
222 votes total Vote Now
  • If you’re Rutgers, would you say “yes” to a CBI appearance? With a schedule of @ILL, @NU, vs. Iowa, @MSU, vs. MN, @IA, vs. PSU, @IND left...Rutgers would need to either split and win their first round in the Big Ten Tournament, or go 5-3 and drop their opening round. I say it’s doable. What about you?


Rutgers to the CBI?

This poll is closed

  • 43%
    They’ll qualify, and they accept.
    (104 votes)
  • 15%
    They’ll qualify, but they won’t go.
    (36 votes)
  • 8%
    They’ll qualify, but won’t get invited.
    (20 votes)
  • 33%
    They won’t make it to .500
    (79 votes)
239 votes total Vote Now