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Bubble Banter: It’s a big day for the Big Ten

Michigan State v Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, IN - JANUARY 21: James Blackmon Jr. #1 of the Indiana Hoosiers attempts a shot over Alvin Ellis III #3 of the Michigan State Spartans in the first half at Assembly Hall on January 21, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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The latest NBC Sports Bracketology can be found here. This is where the seeds you see below come from.


Northwestern (RPI: 40, KenPom: 32, No. 8 seed): Northwestern is dancing. Period.

Virginia Tech (RPI: 45, KenPom: 54, No. 10 seed): The Hokies landed a terrific résumé win on Sunday night, beating in-state rival Virginia to give them a second elite win on the season. With a pair of top 15 wins, seven more top 100 wins and no losses outside the top 100, the Hokies should be in the tournament with room to spare as of Monday morning.

Michigan (RPI: 73, KenPom: 31, play-in game): The Wolverines certainly helped themselves on Sunday, completing a sweep of Indiana with a win at Assembly Hal. It adds a top 100 road win to their résumé, but it also gives them a decided advantage or another conference rival that is trending towards that bubble cutline. If it comes down to Indiana and Michigan, how can you picked the Hoosiers given that they lost twice to the Wolverines?

Wichita State (RPI: 55, KenPom: 16, play-in game): The Shockers landed a win over Loyola-Chicago on Sunday, which keeps them in the conversation for an at-large bid. They still have just one top 100 win, and that came against Illinois State.


Indiana (RPI: 78, KenPom: 42, No. 10 seed): I told you last week that Indiana was going to miss the NCAA tournament. I lay out the entire argument here. On Sunday, the Hoosiers lost one of their two remaining home games. They’ve now lost five out of six since O.G. Anunoby got hurt, and four of their last five games are on the road. Sorry IU fans. You’re not going to be happy about this.