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February 20 Bracket: Big 10 benefitting from weak bubble

dave1This year’s Big Ten is not last year’s Big Ten.  Wisconsin is just as good, but quality throughout the league isn’t the same – even with solid contributions by newcomer Maryland.  All of which would suggest that fewer Big Ten teams would be participating in this year’s NCAA tournament.  Not necessarily so.

Current Bracket

Current Seed List

Given the current status of bubble teams – those hanging around the proverbial 68-team cutline – as many as eight Big Ten teams have realistic hopes of hearing their name called on Selection Sunday.  Case in point: there are eight teams in today’s updated bracket projection – further buoyed by Purdue’s victory last night at Indiana.  The Boilermakers had some issues in December, but they’ve been a different basketball team the past three weeks.  We’ll see if they can finish the task at hand.  We’ll also find out soon if Illinois and Iowa can stay the course.  Will all eight teams make it?  Probably not.  But the door is open.

The only other notable change from Monday is Duke passing Gonzaga for the No. 3 spot on the Seed List.  It only changes the Regions in this sense:  As the No. 4 overall seed, Gonzaga is now opposite Kentucky (West vs. East) in Final Four pairings; Duke and Virginia (South vs. East) would be on the other side.  Will the ‘Zags end up a No. 1 seed?  If they win out – and finish with just one loss – I believe the Selection Committee will reward the Bulldogs with the top seed out west.  If not, a spot could open up for those next in line: Villanova, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Arizona.

Enjoy a weekend of hoops.  Selection Sunday is closing in.

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