Michigan Basketball projected as No.3 seed to Dallas in bracketology


Wolfson she loves that it went viral because it reminds her of the best college basketball game she's been a part of. McGuire wore a bright blue blazer through Marquette's winning season and committed to wearing it through his team's tournament run.

A network source said all 68 teams and full brackets are expected to be unveiled over the first half of the show.

Eight teams will play in "First Four" games in Dayton Tuesday and Wednesday to pare the tournament field to 64 teams beginning Thursday and Friday.

The bubble always sparks debate. A new formula employed this year separates a team's schedule into four quadrants. But this year it's flat-out fascinating. Since Turner got involved with the NCAA Tournament, Wolfson has been assigned to the top team with Jim Nantz, and her time with basketball usually begins with the Big Ten Tournament. "We know they stumbled down the stretch and that certainly affected their seeding, but they had enough on their resume to get in". An NCAA Tournament bid could mean playing in the First-Four. Our ratings will be determined by how good the games are and which teams win. That doesn't move the proverbial needle. The Tigers would get either fifth-seeded Ohio State or the victor of the play-in game between 11-seeds Texas and Syracuse. Arizona State defeated UCLA 88-79. The other schools - Louisville, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and USC - did not make it as at-large teams. How the mid-majors are treated could determine their fate. Rhode Island beat St. Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, and Cincinnati beat Memphis in the American Tournament. The Buckeyes were a huge surprise this year, playing Top 30 offense and defense under 1st year coach Chris Holtmann.

There was a two-hour period when Xavier had to be sweating. The outlier is UNC, who could beat rival Duke and Virginia to jump all the way to the #1 line, but Kansas would have to lose in the Big 12 Tournament.

Ken Pom Says: North Carolina is the highest-rated team in the region (7), followed by Gonzaga (8), MI (10) and Xavier (14).

Of the last six NCAA champions, four have been No. 1 seeds.

UVA claimed the tournament's top overall seed.

Arizona State made it over USC even though USC finished second in the conference in Pac-12 play and made the Pac-12 championship game during the tournament. Most Bracketologists have the Pirates right on the border between a seven and an eight seed, as their RPI of 32 would suggest. A win could set up a possible Sunday matchup with West Virginia, with top-seeded Villanova looming.

According to statistical analysis by the Washington Post's Neil Greenberg, the best indicator of which teams are likely to pull NCAA tournament stunners can be gleaned by locating the underdogs with "a high scoring margin while creating extra possessions through turnovers and offensive rebounds".

The Midwest's No. 16 seed is Penn (24-8), which won the Ivy League by defeating Harvard, 68-65, on Sunday. Ironically, LIU upsetting Wagner in the NEC title game helped the Gaels, who could be looking at a 15 seed now. That's quite a climb for a team that started the year picked to finish 13th in the SEC. That website says there is a 77 percent chance Nebraska gets in and has them listed as an 11 seed.