I know the Big Ten wasn’t having a great year, but it wasn’t that bad, right?
2nd in the big ten and runner up in the big ten tourney is an 8 seed??
— Frank Kaminsky III (@FSKPart3) March 12, 2017
Granted half the conference still made it into the tournament, the seeding was, well interesting.
Purdue, the regular season B1G champion, earned the last four seed as the 16th seeded team overall. They are followed closely by Minnesota (wtf?) as a 5 seed, Maryland as a 6 seed, Michigan as a 7 seed, Wisconsin and Northwestern as 8 seeds and Michigan State as a 9 seed. That’s seven out of the 14 teams in the conference, with Iowa apparently being one of the first four teams out, and ties the Big Ten with the Big East with the second most bids. The ACC was the top bid-earner with nine.
I think the Boilermakers were seeded appropriately as a #4 seed, but after that…I have questions. I know that Minnesota’s RPI (20) backs up their #5 seed, but then why does Michigan only get a #7 seed when their RPI is 25, AND they just won the Big Ten tournament? How do Michigan State and Northwestern (50 and 51) even make the tournament then over a team like Illinois State (RPI of 33), which won the regular season in a good-yet-technically-still-a-mid-major conference like the Missouri Valley?
If you’re going to use RPI for seeding purposes, why don’t you use it for awarding bids too? It just feels inconsistent. Here’s a list at the full seed list:
NCAA just put out the 1-68 seed list. Here it is: pic.twitter.com/PKT1jhIWNL
— Luke Winn (@lukewinn) March 12, 2017
Other teams to keep an eye on:
- Middle Tennessee State – They’ve had a fantastic season (30 wins!) and Vegas loves them.
Vegas line is already out: #Gophers are one-point favorites over Middle Tennessee. MTSU went 30-4 this year and 17-1 in Conference USA.
— Matt Jessen-Howard (@mjessenhoward) March 12, 2017
2. Florida Gulf Coast – Dunk City gets to play close to home. Granted, they play Florida State, but I’m feeling good about the chance for an upset.
How about FGCU getting to play in Orlando? Nice break for Dunk City.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) March 12, 2017
3. Notre Dame – Not necessarily a Cinderella at a 5 seed, but they got more experience than anyone.
Love Notre Dame's chances to go far. Only team in the country to reach Elite 8 each of the past two years. Experienced group.
— Matthew Hatfield (@hatfieldsports) March 12, 2017