New Bracketology: UM #2 in South

Submitted by lilpenny1316 on February 19th, 2013 at 1:38 PM

There's not much difference between a #1 seed and #2 seed, just more notoriety I guess.  

We could face SDSU or Wichita St. in the second round.

Sparty is a #2 in the Midwest with a possible 2nd round matchup with North Carolina.  I hope UNC gets their act together and that matchup becomes a reality.  I'd love to see Sparty go down that first weekend.


Darker Blue

February 19th, 2013 at 1:42 PM ^

I know that roughly 99% of us are cyber nerds who sit in our parents basements and wait for the next big thing to happen to MICH, but could we please stop this braketology nonsense until say a week before selection sunday. If you need a hobby start masturbating. 


February 19th, 2013 at 2:00 PM ^

There's still a ton available!  I just bit the bullet and grabbed two full session tickets for $150 each.  I figure if MSU is there I can easily get my money back.  If we're both there, then it's a great investment. If neither are there, I'll probably try to sell them, but I think the odds of neither of us being there are slim.


February 19th, 2013 at 1:44 PM ^

The difference between the 2 and the 1 seed is in the Sweet 16, ie, potentially Kansas instead of Marquette. Of course, there's no guarantee that any team advances that far, but if seeds hold it's a significant difference, particularly this year where there seems to be a top 12 and then a pretty significant dropoff. 


February 19th, 2013 at 2:23 PM ^

TeamRankings has developed their algorithm to a point where they feel confident to present their own projection -

Big Ten Projections in their model would include:

Wisconsin - #5 in the East

Minnesota - #7 in the East

Michigan State - #3 in the South

Indiana - #1 in the Midwest

Illinois - #7 in the Midwest (compare to #10 in ESPN)

Michigan - #3 in the West (compare to #2 in the South on ESPN)

Ohio State - #8 in the West (compare to #5 in the South on ESPN)

There are other differences, but you can compare the two comprehensively on screen. I am not clear how the algorithm chooses which bracket division, but it is a testament to how competitive the Big Ten has been to see people estimating that seven representatives will go to the NCAA Tournament.



February 19th, 2013 at 2:29 PM ^

I'm pretty sure Lunardi's bracket is a current snapshot, an "if the season ended today" deal.  That looks like they're predicting us to split maybe the IU and MSU games and not win the B1G tournament.

I'm personally hoping that Iowa can pull some upsets, not against us, and get in the tournament.  They're not even on the Next Four Out line on ESPN which is weird.  

Just think of how difficult this conference would be if it was still 10 teams.  No PSU or Nebraska to muddy the waters.


February 19th, 2013 at 6:11 PM ^

My thought is IU has the tougher schedule down the stretch, thus a greater chance to lose one more in addition to us. This also assumes we are winning out and you are referring to B1G championship hopes. I am just hoping for a solid game. I also think IU is better, FWIW (nothing)


February 19th, 2013 at 7:58 PM ^

I would be happy with a two seed.  Anything in the top four is conducive to making it to the second week.  Once you get to the Elite Eight, you have to beat three good teams to win it all. I would love to see Michigan reach the EE; they are going to be a "team you don't want to face in the Tourmanent" this year.


February 19th, 2013 at 9:51 PM ^

What do you guys think the importance of winning the Big Ten Tournament is. Lets say Michigan wins out and Indiana finishes with the Conference title, Michigan goes on to win the BTT they will most likely be granted a #1 seed. But do schools even care about conference tournaments anymore, I feel like this would be a nice banner to hang.