With all these wins pilling up for the Michigan basketball team, it just kind of seems like a lock at this point for the young Wolverines to make it into the NCAA Tournament. Of course anything can happen, but it’s looking pretty good as of now.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at the latest bracket updates from around the Internet.
BracketMatrix.com is a really useful tool and tracks brackets from all over the World Wide Web and compiles them into one big list. It also gives you the average bracket placement for any given team. The Michigan Wolverines are currently a 7-seed and have a composite score of 7.12. Other 7-seeds right now include Rhode Island, Miami (FL) and Florida. Michigan would then play one of the four 10-seeds, which are Missouri, Notre Dame, Alabama and Marquette.
ESPN Bracketology frontman Joe Lunardi has the Wolverines slated as an 8-seed at the moment, playing 9-seed Texas A&M in the South region of the bracket. Other teams on that side of the bracket the Wolverines may end up having to play in that scenario would include 1-seed Virginia, 2-seed Xavier, 3-seed West Virginia and...11-seed Notre Dame (!)
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has Michigan as a 7-seed playing Arkansas in the first round of the tournament. Michigan was a 7-seed in last season’s tournament and defeated Oklahoma State and Louisville before losing to Oregon in a tight match in the Sweet 16. In Palm’s bracket, Michigan would have a ton of competition to make it to the Final Four, including the 1-seed Purdue, 2-seed Kansas, 3-seed North Carolina and 4-seed Cincinnati.
Chris Dobbertean of SB Nation also has U-M as a 7-seed, though in his bracket the Wolverines would play 10-seed Houston in the first round of the tournament. Duke and Kansas are the top two seed in Michigan’s region, while Auburn and Cincinnati round out the top four seeds.
At the moment, FOX Sports’ Howie Schwab has Michigan as a 6-seed. The Wolverines would have to play Providence in the first round, and would have Purdue, Kansas, Oklahoma and Cincy all on the same side of the bracket. That would be a real tough draw for the Wolverines if that’s what they would have to go up against.
Of course, these all may change after Thursday night’s game against Purdue, but as of now it looks like Michigan will be a middle-of-the-pack team once March Madness begins.