March Madness begins with Selection Sunday, a day that brings excitement and nervousness to teams across the country. Heading into this day, the Big Ten Conference had several teams that were considered locks to make the field of 68. There were also a few teams that had to wait until the official announcement to find out their fate. In the end, the Big Ten got six teams placed into the NCAA Tournament.
Heading into Sunday, there were four teams considered locks to make the tournament from the conference. Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State were all in, it was just a matter of seeding. Iowa was considered by some to be on the bubble, Minnesota and Nebraska were clearly on the bubble.
Michigan was penciled in as a No. 1 seed before getting upset in the Big Ten Championship by rival Michigan State. The Wolverines are now a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and face off against Wofford on Thursday in Milwaukee.
Fresh off their Big Ten championship, the Michigan State Spartans head into the NCAA Tournament healthy and on a roll. Michigan State is the No. 4 seed in the East Region and will begin tournament play on Thursday in Spokane against the University of Delaware.
Wisconsin will enter the tournament as a the No. 2 seed in the West Region and opens play on Thursday against American University in Milwaukee. Ohio State is the No. 6 seed in the South Region and will play against the Dayton Flyers in Buffalo.
For the three bubble teams from the conference, only two got to celebrate during the selection show.
Nebraska was put in the West Regions as a No. 11 seed and drew a tough matchup on Friday in San Antonio against the Baylor Bears. Iowa’s late-season struggles pushed the Hawkeyes onto the bubble. They were one of last final four teams in the tournament and as a No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region will play Wednesday in Dayton against the Tennessee Volunteers.
Minnesota, who really would have needed a run in the Big Ten Tournament to make the field, was left out on Selection Sunday.
Now that the brackets are complete, sit back and enjoy the madness.
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