On Tuesday morning, ESPN released its first bracketology for the 2017-’18 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, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin were the only teams to make the cut, Maryland was another team under serious consideration for the field.
Here is how the Big Ten was projected.
Big Ten In 4/4 ESPN Bracketology By Seed:
- #4 - Michigan
- #5 - Purdue
- #6 - Minnesota
- #7 - Michigan State
- #8 - Wisconsin
- #9 - Northwestern
- #10 - Indiana
- First Four Out: Maryland
All things considered, this was a pretty strong showing for the Big Ten. To start, seven teams in the field tied the Big Ten for second nationally. The ACC led the nation with eight teams and the Big 12 also had seven teams in the field.
However, it was interesting to see that Joe Lunardi still viewed the Big Ten as such a weak league at the top. The conference failed to have any teams land as a three seed or better. Obviously, it’s still early, but that’s going to be a major area where the Big Ten is hoping to return next season.
Two of the most interesting seedings were for Indiana and Maryland. Despite expecting the Hoosiers to improve, Lunardi was pretty skeptical of what looks like it could be a pretty good Terrapin team. In fact, Maryland wasn’t even listed among the 68 teams in the field.
You can see the full field here.