Michigan in Detroit for first rounds?

Submitted by dmac24 on March 5th, 2018 at 5:02 PM

What are the odds that Michigan is in Detroit at LCA for the first 2 rounds of the NCAA tournament?

Edit: Thank you for the feedback.  I did search for this topic on the site before posting but I can't make heads nor tails of the search function/results on this site.  If someone wouldn't mind posting a link to where I can find it that would be helpful.  Thanks!!



Mike Damone

March 5th, 2018 at 5:30 PM ^

can look forward to 6 more days of bracket threads prognosticating our seed (sounds somewhat pornographic), followed by 4+ more days discussing the fairness and difficulty of our seed and region.  2 days of content spread out over 10+ days, kind of like the last episode of The Bachelor.  Thanks Delaney...


March 5th, 2018 at 5:45 PM ^

25 or 6 to 4.

No, wait, that's a Chicago song.

No matter....*clears throat*

Waiting for the break of day

Searching for something to say

Dancing lights against the sky....


March 5th, 2018 at 5:58 PM ^

zero....Msu, regardless of our record vs them head to head, regardless of quality wins, regardless of tournament champion=>wins champion, regardless of SOS, regardless of ANYTHING resembling logic, UM will end up on the road ($$$) and stae will be in the D. part of me wants the home-ish game...but stae does not travel well. Those sperm gargler fans won't follow Tommy IXzzo...UM fans are everywhere.  It sucks, but at least the players get to see other parts of the country? That was always a big deal for me, I didn't travel much as a kid, seeing half the country with UM was cool...so bring it NCAA...don't fucking care.


March 5th, 2018 at 7:12 PM ^

Less likely than you are to be torched for posting a thread asking about something that's only been tangentially addressed in other, far less specific threads pertaining to basketball


March 5th, 2018 at 8:29 PM ^

You can safely rule out Charlotte, Dallas, and PIttsburgh as possible sites for Michigan based on other top-16 projected teams. If not Detroit you're looking at a very high probability of Boise with a slight chance of San Diego.


March 5th, 2018 at 11:45 PM ^

First couple rounds you don't just play at the same spot as the rest of your region. Most higher seeds are close to home, and even others they try when possible. Remember last year in Indy?

Michigan/Ok St

Louisville (don't remember team down south)

Dayton/Wichita St

Kentucky/ N. kentucky

Wichita St. & the southern school were the two farthest away at like an 8 hour drive. I can assure you we are not going out to Boise or SD. Not saying it will be Detroit. Thinking Nashville, Pitt, or Wichita as possible.

Now come sweet 16 you can travel anywhere. So if we are out west, we are out west. Won't happen the first weekend though. Pods were setup to keep teams close. They talk all these Big 12 teams making it, they are more likely to go west than us.


March 6th, 2018 at 2:23 PM ^

although I think there's a chance we're in Wichita or Dallas along with San Diego or Boise.

The pod system attempts to get teams as close to home as possible, but this year isn't going to do a very good job of that because of the geography of the host cities compared to the geography of teams projected to be seeded 1-4.

The problem this year is that 13 (!!) out of 16 teams projected to get 1-4 seeds are east of the Mississippi, but only half of the host cities are east of the Mississippi.

Kansas will be Wichita.  Wichita State can't be in Wichita because they're the host school, so they're probably headed to Boise.  Texas Tech will be Dallas, but then you still have 5 (!!) spots to fill between San Diego, Boise, Wichita and Dallas.

Assuming the Bracket Matrix holds (which it won't but for the sake of argument), you're probably looking at these assignments if the committee essentially puts the highest seeds the closest to home as possible:

Pittsburgh: Nova and Xavier

Detroit: Purdue and MSU

Nashville: Cincinnati and UNC

Charlotte: UVA and Duke

Wichita: Kansas and Tennesee

Dallas: Texas Tech (or Michigan?) and Auburn

Boise: 2 of Michigan, Clemson WVU or Wichita State

San Diego: 2 of Michigan, Clemson WVU or Wichita State 

TL;DR: There's just no easy way to put close to home this year.  Too many western host cities with too few good teams out west this year.