The Cavaliers (28-2) earned all 65 first-place votes from the national media panel after finishing four games ahead in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season standings. MI entered Sunday slotted in as a No. 5 seed by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, while Purdue was a No. 2. But the last impression that the Cornhuskers left on the selection committee was a loss to MI in their first game of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday.
But after winning four games in four days, the red-hot Wolverines will go at least 10 days before playing next. The champion in each of those events earns an automatic bid to March Madness, so almost half of field will already know it’s in.
This Michigan team has been coach John Beilein’s best on the defensive side since he took over in Ann Arbor in 2007. As a coach you always second guess yourself no matter what but I think doing a lot of shooting and watching a lot of film is important.
“It probably equates to double the size of any other set that we’ve used for March Madness”, Craig Barry, Turner’s executive vice president of production and chief content officer, told Awful Announcing. “If those guys are making the decision, then we’ve got a problem, but I don’t know that they are”. In fact, it’s only happened a few times in the long history of the tournament.
Not only does Beilein have experience with the prolonged time off, he actually has success.
ASU (11 seed)- ASU is slipping big time.
The NCAA Selection Show will also be available on NCAA March Madness Live, the official live streaming product of March Madness available via digital devices.
The remaining power conferences hold tournaments this week.
Notre Dame (Out)- The Irish are an interesting story since they have been without their best player Bonzie Colson, who has been injured.
There was no feeling of disappointment in the MI locker room about getting the extra week – or at least no outward admission of such.
Following Sunday’s game, Painter said he thought doing something like that had more of a chance for risk than reward.
“Definitely going to be defense for us”, Mathias said. “Whether that’s an advantage or disadvantage, doesn’t really matter”. It is tough the call if the Bears need one more win or not. “I got so excited. It’ll be nice to get off my feet for it”. The rest will come later. Despite having March in the name, the event culminates with the final championship game at the beginning of April. That included the two teams ahead of WVU, top-seeded Syracuse and second-seeded Pitt, who both lost in the quarterfinals to eighth-seeded Georgetown and seventh-seeded Notre Dame, respectively.
“It was worth it”.
Despite finishing with a better regular season record than Oklahoma and therefore a higher conference tournament seed and defeating them in the 2016 Big 12 Tournament, the Mountaineers were a three-seed in the NCAA Tournament while Oklahoma was a two-seed.