The Wolverines crushed both Iowa and Minnesota by 20-plus points in the quarterfinals and semifinals, setting up a third date with Michigan State. The Spartans came back in the second half yet again to seize Tom Izzo’s sixth tournament title by a 65-60 decision.
Michigan enters the NCAA Tournament West Regional as a No. 2 seed. They carry a 28-6 (17-6 Big Ten) record, and will face the No. 15 seed Montana Grizzlies (26-8, 16-4 Big Sky). This is the second-straight time the two have faced in the Round of 64, as Michigan scrapped by 61-47 in Wichita last March.
Michigan State moved into the top-5 for the first time this season. The 2-seeded Spartans trail No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Gonzaga.
3-seeded Purdue stayed put at No. 13. Wisconsin (5-seed) moved back a couple spots to No. 21, while Maryland in the “others receiving votes” category.
Here is the complete AP Top 25 (per press release from Syracuse.com)
- North Carolina
- Michigan State
- Texas Tech
- Florida State
- Virginia Tech
- Kansas State
- Iowa State
- Utah State