Michigan basketball bracketology: Where 2023 NCAA tournament hopes stand

2023-03-05 08:48:19 By : Mr. Lin ZH

Michigan basketball suffered a 91-87 double-overtime loss at Illinois on Thursday night, fumbling a chance to improve their standing for the 2023 NCAA tournament committee.

The defeat knocked the Wolverines (17-13, 11-8 Big Ten) into a wild six-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, critical because the top four teams get byes into the Big Ten conference tournament quarterfinals. Outdoor Sports Flooring

Michigan basketball bracketology: Where 2023 NCAA tournament hopes stand

But the heartbreaker didn't drop the Wolverines in the minds of college basketball analysts, and they remain right on the bubble entering this weekend with teams concluding the regular season.

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Michigan has a great opportunity to pad its resume Sunday and redeem itself at No. 13 Indiana (4:30 p.m., CBS) in the regular season finale. The Wolverines lost 62-61 to the Hoosiers in Ann Arbor on Feb. 11, crumbling down the stretch. A win Sunday would also likely give the Wolverines a top-four seed in the conference tournament and a double-bye into the quarterfinals.

"I think we’re in a good spot, I don’t think it’s a moment to freak out or panic," Michigan coach Juwan Howard said after Thursday's loss. "We’ve got another opportunity, we just need to get prepared."

Here's a look at where Michigan stands with regards to its NCAA tournament hopes, ahead of the Big Ten conference tournament beginning Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago, and with Selection Sunday nine days away.

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• USA TODAY's Bracketology crew on Friday has Michigan second among the teams "First Four Out," behind North Carolina, and ahead of Penn State and Oklahoma State.

They list Southern California, Wisconsin, Auburn, Arizona State as the "First Four In."

• The Bracketologist himself, ESPN's Joe Lunardi, also has the Wolverines among the "First Four Out," and third on that list, published Friday.

Arizona State is his first team out, with North Carolina second and Utah State fourth.

Among Lunardi's "Last Four In" are fellow Big Ten rivals Wisconsin, which Michigan stunned in overtime Sunday, and Penn State. The Wolverines split their two matchups this season vs. both the Badgers and Nittany Lions.

• CBS Sports' Jerry Palm on Friday has Michigan in the field of 68, facing Penn State in a "First Four" clash.

Michigan basketball bracketology: Where 2023 NCAA tournament hopes stand

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