Michigan ranked No. 3 in NCAA's official RPI, ESPN still projects Wolverines as a No. 1 seed in Auburn Hills
It's becoming more and more clear that the added carrot for this season's Big Ten champion may reside in Indianapolis.
Because Indianapolis, of course, is the site of NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional final this spring -- meaning the team that survives the Big Ten on top might not have to travel very far before the start of the Final Four.
Right now, the two teams that appear to be in the best spot for a top seed in Indianapolis are No. 2 Michigan and No. 5 Indiana. And, if the season ended today, ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi would give the edge to the Wolverines.
Lunardi pegged Michigan (15-0, 2-0) as the Midwest's No. 1 seed in his latest "Bracketology," published Tuesday during the midway point of the regular season -- having the Wolverines start the NCAA tournament in Auburn Hills with a chance to move on to Indianapolis for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.
The other regional final sites for this year's NCAA tournament are Washington, D.C., Arlington, Texas and Los Angeles.
Other Big Ten teams in the tournament right now, per Lunardi are: No. 2 Indiana, No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Illinois, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Michigan State and No. 11 Wisconsin.
As far as midway point RPI numbers go, the NCAA updated its official RPI chart on Monday, and Michigan currently comes in at No. 3 -- behind No. 1 Duke and No. 2 Kansas.
The Big Ten's RPI numbers, per the NCAA:
No. 3 Michigan
No. 7 Minnesota
No. 12 Illinois
No. 15 Indiana
No. 22 Michigan State
No. 42 Ohio State
No. 77 Iowa
No. 78 Nebraska
No. 89 Wisconsin
No. 99 Northwestern
No. 124 Penn State
No. 149 Purdue
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