On Thursday morning, ESPN 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 ESPN Bracketology By Seed:
- #5 - Purdue, Wisconsin
- #6 - Maryland
- #7 - Minnesota, Northwestern
- #10 - Michigan, Michigan State
- First Four Out: N/A
- Next Four Out: Indiana
The Big Ten ranked second among conferences (behind the ACC and tied with the Big 12) for the most bids with seven teams. However, that was a relatively soft seven teams as none were projected as a four seed or higher.
Perhaps the most interesting projection was Minnesota as a seven seed and both Michigan schools as 10 seeds. Many view all three as bubble teams, so to see them projected so highly is a significant development.
Indiana also continues to hold on to the bubble just narrowly in this projection. If the Hoosiers are going to get back into the bracket, the team will have to make some significant progress in the next few weeks.
You can see the full field here.