Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Bracketology: Illini, Irish keep their seeds
By Scott Powers
Illinois' and Notre Dame's seeds didn't change in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi's latest bracket on Wednesday, but their opponents did.
Illinois remained a No. 9 seed in the West region, and Lunardi now has the Illini facing No. 8-seeded Old Dominion in the opening round. Old Dominion won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and has won 11 of its last 12 games.
The Irish continued to be a No. 2 seed in the East region, and Lunardi has them meeting No. 15-seeded Northern Colorado in the round of 64 in Chicago. Northern Colorado is favored to win the Big Sky tournament.
The Illini open the Big Ten tournament against Michigan on Friday, and Notre Dame plays the winner of South Florida and Cincinnati in the Big East quarterfinals on Friday.
The Big Ten still also had six teams in the bracket. Ohio State (No. 1 seed), Purdue (No. 3), Wisconsin (No. 4), Michigan (No. 11) and Michigan State (No. 11) were included with Illinois.