Latest bracketology from CBS Sports (Jerry Palm)

Submitted by oriental andrew on January 27th, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Jerry Palm, CBS Sports' resident bracketologist, has an updated bracket with Michigan moving up to a 3 seed (4 seed last time) in the West.  His current projection shows potential rematches against Iowa State (2 seed) and Arizona (1 seed) in the West.  

EDIT: As pointed out by Paps below, Stanford (11) could also be a potential rematch in this region. 

Other Big Ten teams include:

  • Minnesota (8 - West)
  • ohio state (8 - East)
  • Iowa (4 - East)
  • michigan state (1 - Midwest)
  • Wisconsin (3 - South)



Blue Mike

January 27th, 2014 at 12:02 PM ^

The selection committee only pays attention to the first two rounds of the tourney as far as seeding to prevent rematches.  After that, there are too many mitigating factors to prevent rematches.  So with Michigan as the 3 seed, you wouldn't see the 6, 11, or 14 seed in that region be someone we played, as long as they can help it.

Stanford would be the only team that would have to change.


January 27th, 2014 at 11:46 AM ^

According to that exact lineup, As long as things went chalk and M kept winning they'd play Stanford, Iowa State, and Arizona; all OOC opponents of ours!! (Not that these things ever work out that way)


January 27th, 2014 at 11:49 AM ^

Michigan will win the B1G regular season, and if they go to the finals fo the B1G Tournament, it will be hard to not have them as the #1 seed, or #2 at a minimum.

Yes, I'm telling you what will happen and I realize there is much basketball to be played.  But it is still the truth.

I can't wait until we beat MSU for the 2nd time this year when they come to AA (MSU might win in the B1G tournament).  They will not be a higher seed than us.


January 27th, 2014 at 12:14 PM ^

Winning the B1G is the first big prize, and it won't be easy.  Our schedule remains murderously tough.  Of course, if you told me we would be 7-0, I would have thought alcohol poisioning.

I'm worried about the next three games against unranked teams.  Too easy to have a let down.


January 27th, 2014 at 1:03 PM ^

No way man. I've been reading articles that say even though Michigan won on Saturday they actually weren't they better team. They barely squeaked past a bunch of walkons who hadn't even practiced basketball let alone played a game. Michigan will be lucky to make the tourbament


January 27th, 2014 at 12:01 PM ^

Getting a high enough seed that they get a pod close to Ann Arbor (Buffalo and Milwaukee are the two closest) is huge.  Syracuse will be one of the teams in Buffalo, but if Michigan can stay ahead of UMass and possibly Villanova (about same distance from Nova to either Buffalo or Raleigh), they can get placed in Buffalo, just a long 3-pointer from Mississauga.  It would really suck to have to travel to Spokane or San Diego for round 1. 


January 27th, 2014 at 12:34 PM ^

Here's TeamRankings' current bracketology projections (just seeding here, not regions):

#1 - Michigan State (projected record 26-5)

#3 - Wisconsin (projected record 25-6)

#3 - Michigan (projected record 22-8)

#5 - Iowa (projected record 24-7)

#5 - Ohio State (projected record 24-7)

#9 - Minnesota (projected record 20-11)

Inidiana, with a projected finish of 19-12 right now, would probably pass for their "bubble team" from the Big Ten, if there is one here. 


January 27th, 2014 at 1:17 PM ^

Maybe I'm hating on MSU too hard, but what on earth have they done to deserve still being a #1?  They beat a solid (but not great) Kentucky team, filled with freshmen playing their 2nd NCAA game ever.  They beat an OK Texas team on the road.  They beat OSU and Minny at home, in OT.  I just don't see how they are still a 1 seed at the moment.  It just seems way too based on W-L record without enough regard to strength of schedule.


January 27th, 2014 at 3:23 PM ^

First off, Wichita State as a projected 1 seed is a joke. Play no one in the OOC schedule then I could care less what you do in a weak conference. Iowa State is in the middle of a free fall. Losers of 3 of their last 4 and about to be 4/5 with Kansas coming up. Kansas will end up getting that 1 seed. In my opinion Kansas is the best team in the country. Really need Stanford to get off the bubble to help our RPI (although it's already impressive). On a random note, what the hell happened to Oregon??


January 27th, 2014 at 3:45 PM ^

The Charlotte loss is going to drop us one level no matter what. In other words, a 2 seed is our peek, and 2 becomes a 3, and so on. That loss sucked.


January 27th, 2014 at 11:24 PM ^

Our RPI and SOS are currently 13 and 14 ( which are really good numbers. Purdue is the lowest team left on our schedule and they are 105 or so. We will have plenty of quality wins if we get to 13-5 or 14-4. I think we can be a 2 or 3 with results that match or exceed 13-5 or 14-4. We have beaten #3 on the road twice and #10 at home. Lots of basketball to play but this team is dangerous and can do well. I'll take any seed that is four of better.


January 27th, 2014 at 10:03 PM ^

I'll never understand why people start worrying about match-ups at this point.  There is so much left to play out that it's meaningless.  It's nice to get an idea of where we project as a seed so far, but talking about whether we want to play this team or that in the third or fourth game based on one guy's extremely tentative bracket doesn't even make sense.

Of course any time we talk predictions, there's a lot of uncertainty.  But you can make educated guesses at least when talking about how many losses we'll wind up with or what seed we'll get.  Wondering about who we'll play in our sweet 16 game?  That's another thing altogether.