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Bracketology Update: Jan. 29

What does Michigan’s hypothetical path to the Final Four look like?

NCAA Basketball: Michigan at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

It’s never too early to look ahead to March Madness, where Michigan is expected to contend for another Final Four appearance. Each week leading up to the big dance, we’ll take a look at where ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Michigan slotted, and what the potential path for the Wolverines looks like. As we get closer to the tournament itself, we’ll expand to include full projections from a number of other sites to get a complete feel for where Michigan will be headed. But for now, we’ll keep things simple.

Pictured below is the full NCAA Tournament bracket projection from Lunardi on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

He has Michigan as the No. 2 seed in the South Region, playing No. 15 seed Lehigh in Des Moines, Iowa. You might remember Lehigh from 2012, when it beat No. 2 seed Duke in the first round of the tournament. Virginia is slotted as the No. 1 seed in Michigan’s region, with Marquette and Nevada rounding out the top four.

In this hypothetical scenario, should Michigan win, it would take on the winner of Kansas State and UCF. KSU made the Elite 8 last season, where it lost to Loyola. In the Sweet 16, Marquette would be the highest seeded opponent U-M faces. The Golden Eagles are the lowest ranked of the current three seeds based on the NCAA’s NET rankings (which have Michigan No. 4 through Jan. 28). Another win would set up a potential showdown with top seed Virginia and a Final Four thriller against Tennessee, North Carolina or Kansas.

Bracket Notes:

  • The Big Ten has 10 teams in the field, most of any conference:

- No. 1 seed Michigan State

- No. 2 seed Michigan

- No. 3 seed Purdue

- No. 5 seed Maryland

- No. 6 seed Iowa

- No. 6 seed Wisconsin

- No. 9 seed Ohio State

- No. 9 seed Nebraska

- No. 10 seed Indiana

- No. 11 seed Minnesota

  • Bubble teams: