Bad news, Iowa men's basketball fans: You're not going to the 2013 NCAA tourney

But Iowa State is headed back to the big tournament ... so says ESPN's bracketologist

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Hey, don't shoot me. I'm only the messenger.

Joe Lunardi, who somehow created a profession called bracketologist, has his first 2013 NCAA tournament bracket posted for

No Iowa.

But seven Big Ten teams are in the field of 68 according to Lunardi. They are: No. 1 seed Indiana, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 8 Minnesota and No. 11 Purdue.

Iowa State will make a second-straight trip to the Big Dance according Lunardi, as a No. 9 seed.

And get this: If the Cyclones beat Miami in the first round, they would play Louisville in the second round in ... Lexington. Which would be a reversal of playing Kentucky in Louisville in the second round last month.

Remember, this stuff isn't to be taken too seriously, seeing that every team in the nation has played zero games of their 2012-2013 schedules.

All I ask is that if I cover a team in the NCAAs next March, please let it be at the Kansas City first-round site. Trying to get to San Jose or Salt Lake City on short notice is not fun.

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