The Sweet 16 is set for the 2023 NCAA Tournament, but how many Big Ten teams are remaining in March Madness after the first two rounds?
It was a thrilling start to the 2023 NCAA Tournament but not an opening weekend that was short on drama and shortcomings. Whether it was monster upsets, letdown performances, or just simply shocking results, March Madness delivered in the First and Second Rounds.
But now the Sweet 16 is set and the Big Ten is one of the biggest stories thus far — though for all the wrong reasons. The conference was one of the most prevalent in the field of 68 as eight teams from the Big Ten made it into the field, including a No. 1 seed in the Purdue Boilermakers.
So now that the field has been whittled down from 68 to 64 to 32 and now to these Sweet 16 teams, how many Big Ten teams are remaining in the NCAA Tournament?
March Madness: How many Big Ten teams are left in the NCAA Tournament?
One. There is one single team left from the conference that dominated so much of the college basketball conversation this season remaining in March Madness. As it often has been too, it’s the Michigan State Spartans led by Tom Izzo that is the last hope for the Big Ten remaining.
Here are the results for every other Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament thus far.
- 9-seed Illinois: Lost in First Round to Arkansas
- 8-seed Iowa: Lost in First Round to Auburn
- 1-seed Purdue: Lost in First Round to Fairleigh Dickinson
- 10-seed Penn State: Lost in Second Rond to Texas
- 7-seed Northwestern: Lost in Second Round to UCLA
- 8-seed Maryland: Lost in Second Round to Alabama
- 4-seed Indiana: Lost in Second Round to Miami
Obviously, Purdue becoming only the second 1-seed to ever lose to a 16-seed in the First Round is the biggest indictment of the conference to this point.
Michigan State is still dancing, though, as the Spartans try to help the league save face moving forward. They will now face 3-seed Kansas State in the Sweet 16 on Thursday, March 23. Tip time is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and Tom Izzo’s club is a narrow favorite to open.