CHICAGO (CBS) – The Fighting Illini and the University of Michigan both are projected to be No. 1 seeds in the 2021 NCAA men’s college basketball tournament.

Those are the findings of CBS Sports bracketology expert Jerry Palm, who also has Chicago’s Loyola University in the tournament at a No. 12 seed. The Illini are coming off a big win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, a 76-53 thrashing on Tuesday night.

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In addition to the Illini and the Wolverines, the Big Ten has a pair of No. 2 seeds—Iowa and Ohio State, according to Palm’s analysis.

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Purdue (No. 5 seed), Wisconsin (No. 7), Rutgers (No. 8), Maryland (No. 8), and Michigan State (No. 11) are also expected to punch a ticket to the Big Dance.

To limit travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of the games will be played in Indiana — Indianapolis (multiple sites), West Lafayette (first round) and Bloomington (first round) this year — with limited fan attendance. The Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship Game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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The teams vying for the title will be selected on Sunday, March 14.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff