I hate Drew Sharp's writing, and Michigan deserves to get in to the NCAA tourney,but I am doubtful about the Big 10 having 8 teams in the tourney. (See Sharp's column, link http://www.freep.com/article/20090314/COL08/903140323/1054/SPORTS06/Poli...)
Everyone knows that the 13 through 16 seeds are largely sacrificial lambs from smaller conferences, and those teams know it too. But part of the fun of the tournament is seeing these obscure schools have their day in the sun. If the tourney basically became only the Big 10, Big East, ACC, Pac 10, SEC, Big 12, it would lose it's character and fun to me. We know that IU, Iowa, & NW don't deserve to go. I also wonder about Penn State and Minnesota. I think Michigan is better than both, and deserves to go more than them, but I question all three going.