On Friday morning, SBNation 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 Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin were the only teams to make the cut, Michigan was listed as the second team to miss the field.
Here is how the Big Ten was projected.
Big Ten In 2/17 SBNation Bracketology By Seed:
- #5 - Maryland, Purdue
- #6 - Wisconsin
- #7 - Minnesota, Northwestern
- #9 - Michigan, Michigan State
- First Four Out: Indiana
- Also Considered: Ohio State
All things considered, this was a pretty strong showing for the Big Ten. To start, Maryland and Purdue were both just a few spots away from moving into the top 16 teams. Obviously, given the significantly improved chances for teams among that group, it would be huge if the Big Ten could get one or two among them.
Additionally, it was interesting to see how highly Dobbertean viewed Minnesota, Northwestern, and the two Michigan schools. Many believe at least three of those teams still have serious work to do, so for all four to be in the field so comfortably is great news for Big Ten fans.
It was also interesting to see Ohio State also considered for the field. Given the team’s resume, it looks like it would take more than a major run to make it in, but SBNation seems to think there’s still some hope left.
You can see the full field here.