The Michigan Wolverines have only one game left in the regular season to prove themselves and boy do they have a doozy of a finale. Michigan will go on the road to face the No. 9 ranked Maryland Terrapins who need a win to solidify at least a share of the Big Ten regular season title. The maize and blue have a chance to play heart-breaker on senior night in College Park and position themselves to move up a few slots with a strong Big Ten Tournament showing.
With that being said, here is where some media networks have the Michigan Wolverines today:
ESPN: 6-seed in the Midwest Region vs play-in 11-seed Arizona State or Northern Iowa in St. Louis
CBS Sports: 6-seed in Midwest Region vs 11-seed Eastern Tennessee State in St. Louis
NBC Sports: 6-seed in East Region vs play-in 11-seed Texas Tech or Stanford in Greensboro
USA Today: 5-seed in the Midwest Region vs play-in 12-seed Stanford or NC State in Cleveland
Bracketville: 6-seed in the West Region vs play-in 11-seed Texas Tech or Stanford in Greensboro
Bracket Matrix: Composite 6-seed appearing in all 101 brackets
A win for the Wolverines on Sunday would likely gain them a spot or two in the bracket. Especially because they would surpass the coveted 20-win threshold as they are the only team in the AP Top-25 that haven’t reached that mark.
The current standings in the Big Ten have Maryland, Michigan State, Wisconsin, and Illinois in position for a bye in the Big Ten Tournament. The initial three teams are tied with a 13-6 conference record. If they all win this weekend, the Big Ten Regular Season Championship title will be shared three-ways for the first time since 2011-12.
Next are Penn State, Ohio State, Iowa, and Michigan who will all play as the home teams in the first-round in Indianapolis. The Wolverines would face the current 9-seed Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The winner of that game would move on to play the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament. 10-seed Indiana would meet with 7-seed Iowa.
Meanwhile, Ohio State, who is the 6-seed, would play the winner of 11-seed Purdue vs 14-seed Nebraska matchup. And 5-seed Penn State would face-off with the winner of 12-seed Minnesota and 13-seed Northwestern.
As we all know, March is madness, and as of Thursday there were still 128 different seeding scenarios with the weekend games looming:
Big Ten Tournament - The Final 128 Seeding Scenarios: pic.twitter.com/vtANAG9q0Q— Matt Hackman (@mjhackman) March 6, 2020
For the Wolverines, it is pretty simple. Depending on the action of Saturday and Sunday, they could finish anywhere between the 7-9 seeds in the Big Ten Tournament.
There is so much up in the air still for the Big Ten Tournament, so imagine how complex this is for 68 teams vying for positioning in the NCAA Tournament. So despite nearly a consensus 6-seed by the major media outlets, the Wolverines still have a shot to position themselves better come Selection Sunday.