On Tuesday morning, FanRag Sports updated its bracketology for the 2016-’17 college basketball season and seven Big Ten teams were fortunate enough to make the cut. Although the conference doesn’t appear to be as loaded at the top as it has been in recent years, it still landed quite a few teams in this projected NCAA field.
While Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin were the only teams to make the cut, Illinois, Michigan, and Nebraska were also listed as other Big Ten teams that just narrowly missed the field.
Here is how the Big Ten was projected.
Big Ten In 1/24 FanRag Sports Bracketology By Seed:
- #4 - Purdue
- #5 - Wisconsin
- #7 - Indiana, Maryland
- #8 - Minnesota, Northwestern
- #9 - Michigan State
- First Five Out: Michigan, Nebraska
- Next Five Out: Illinois
The first thing that pops out from this FanRag projection is that it is one of the few that puts a Big Ten team as a four seed or higher. Purdue narrowly made the four-line, but that would still be huge for the conference.
One other projection that was interesting was Indiana as a seven seed. While the Hoosiers certainly have the talent to play with anybody in the country, the team isn’t nearly as highly regarded by many of the other projections. Fans will have to wait until Selection Sunday to see if this projection or the others is right.
Michigan State also got some serious love from FanRag Sports as the Spartans sat as a No. 9 seed in this projection. If accurate, that would be much better than many in East Lansing are anticipating at this point. Personally, I think this is a tad high for a team that’s seen mixed success so far this season.
You can see the full field here.